National Geographic : 1955 Jan
76 Fog Shrouds the Salt River; Double-duty Umbrella Shields Against Mist and Sun Alike Water Wagon's crew got lost in an early-morning fog blanketing the Homosassa River. A wrong turn took the craft into the shallow Salt River. These fishermen gave directions. stood in a row beside the field, just as one would imagine the scene in "My Old Ken tucky Home." Bates and I made a game of picking out locales for Foster's songs. Many fitted well into the quiet dignity of the upper Suwannee. White Springs, 145 miles upriver, has long been known as a medicinal spa. Tradition says the Indians referred to it as "medicine waters" and came from miles around to be cured of rheumatism. After the Indian wars and the coming of steamers, plantations, and Stephen Foster's folk songs, a village sprang up at the head of navigation on the Suwannee. In a park overlooking the river, the State has erected a beautiful memorial to America's most famous song writer, and White Springs today plays host to more visitors than ever before (page 74). For us this quiet spot on the Suwannee held overtones of melody and made a fitting climax for our cruise of western Florida's beguiling river byways.