Family Photographs… and their stories: The Glass Bottom Boat

Family Photographs… and their stories

I’ve always loved the older family photographs, and as many times as I leaf through my albums, I always ask myself “what’s your story?” Every photo has one – and it’s my mission to tell them – one by one. After beginning my weekly series on Family Heirlooms, I thought… why not tell the stories on the family photographs.

The Glass Bottom Boat


Me with my father and mother on vacation; I look to be about five years old here. I’m the little girl standing with dark short hair and bangs on the right, daddy has a plaid shirt, and I can see his tatoo. Mama is next to him with dark hair… looking unhappy!

I remember being told that on one of our trips to Florida when I was about five years old, we stopped at a diner for lunch. I had my favorite, chicken noodle soup, and accidently spilt it on me. The waitress quickly buttered me up… but we know today that we no longer use butter for a burn… we only use cold water as actually the butter holds the heat in. I never had a scar, so I’m assuming it wasn’t a scalding burn. Maybe it was on this trip when visiting Silver Springs! I know we also went to Miami one year, so it could possibly have been a stop on the way down.

I began this post three years ago… so what happened? I visually remembered the photo in my photo album, but yet when I went to retrieve it… it was nowhere to be found… until today! While I wasn’t actually looking for it today, I had taken all my genealogy file books out of my closet to visually look through… even found quite a few interesting items. But it was in the last book, when I turned a page and…. there was my missing photo of the Glass Bottom Boat! YooHoo!!!

The “glass bottom boats” are in the Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida and have been a natural landmark since the 1870’s. It is featured as one of the largest artesian springs in the world.

When I asked my mother what she remembered of the photo… she had no memories other than we had gone. So I guess I may have to plan a trip to see for myself what I might have seen on that day. A visit to their website mentions manatees, possibly alligators, many tropical birds, waterlife, and over 300 Rhesus Macaques monkeys running wild through the area; brought there in the 1930’s. During my search on wildlife, I read that they may be rounding up the monkeys soon, which are originally native to Asia… it’s being said they carry a dangerous herpes virus.

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4 Responses to Family Photographs… and their stories: The Glass Bottom Boat

  1. GP Cox says:

    So many years ago, I too went on a glass bottomed boat at Silver Springs! It got me interested in snorkeling and diving!!

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    • It’s on our way to my sons house down near West Palm beach area do Im putting it on my list! This was prob near late 50’s and it probably was the place to see! I hope the monkeys are gone as the virus they’re carrying sounds pretty dangerous!

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  2. Luanne says:

    What a cute photo!

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