Mullet Springs: What's in a Name?

According to the College of Education at the University of South Florida, the tarpon that were seen jumping when settlers arrived in the area were actually mullet.

It's a tale as old as the city itself: when early settlers arrived in Tarpon Springs they saw tarpon jumping in the bayou and thus a community was born. 

However, the fish that were jumping were actually mullet not tarpon, according to this history of the area by the the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida.   

The report states that,

"Actually the fish were mullet, not tarpon!"

According to the historical rundown of the area, Mary Ormond named the city Tarpon Springs.

Mary loved watching the fish jump in the bayou, which was basically her backyard, according to the Florida Center for Instructional Technology

Mary was the daughter of A.W. Ormond and the two remain the first recorded settlers in Tarpon Springs. They arrived in 1876 and by 1887 the city was incorporated with a population of 52, according to the report.

Adelle M Blackman December 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Are they sure they were mullet and not Tarpon ? How do they know?. Also is that the Ormond family from Ormond Beach? if so did they come here first and then there or visa versa? I lived in Daytona Beach and I taught school in Ormond Beach and my late husband worked in Ormond Beach. If he had not gotten a transfer back to Pinellas we were going to sell and move to Ormond Beach as that is a nice place to live.
Sherri Patterson December 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I, for one, am very happy they were mistaken about the jumping fish. Mullet Springs doesn't have quite the same ring to it. LOL
Adelle M Blackman December 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I found out that James Ormond settled Ormond Beach ( a relative of A. W) perhaps? But I know that my relative Henry Flagler put it on the " map" when he came to town and bought the hotel to expand his empire. Sadly for me, his wealth went to Florida, but it couldn't have gone to a better state. And I am glad it was not named Mullet Springs, as it does not have a good ring, Sherri is right.
Rachel Jolley December 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey Adelle, thanks for reading!
Rachel Jolley December 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hi Sherri, thanks for speaking out on Tarpon Springs Patch! I like the current name as well :)


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