Whether the source of the Manatee River was really the “Fountain of Youth” for which Ponce de Leon searched in vain is a question for historians - or geographers - to argue about. But, in its early days, the little town of Manatee really did have a “Fountain of Youth.” At least, it was named that. It was not exactly a fountain, but a little spring of clear, cold water bubbling up out of the ground, with a gourd hung on a nearby oak tree from which to drink.
Reed, Adelaide H.
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss2/4