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Green Springs, Ohio
Village
Aerial view of Green Springs and the surrounding countryside
Aerial view of Green Springs and the surrounding countryside
Location of Green Springs, Ohio
Location of Green Springs, Ohio
Location of Green Springs in Seneca County
Location of Green Springs in Seneca County
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Sandusky, Seneca
Area
 • Total 1.16 sq mi (3.02 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
709 ft (216 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,368
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,306
 • Density 1,123.92/sq mi (434.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
44836
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-32256
GNIS feature ID 1061115
Website http://villageofgreensprings.com/

Green Springs is a village in Sandusky and Seneca counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 1,368 at the 2010 census.

Its "claim to fame" is Mineral Springs, the largest natural sulfur spring in the world. Elmwood at the Springs Healthcare Center, formerly St. Francis Health Care Centre, is located there.

History

The Green Springs area was originally inhabited by the Seneca Indians. But in 1830, the Seneca were forced to move to reservations in the West because of a policy of Indian removal developed by the administration of Andrew Jackson. Then, in 1831, Jacob Stem, the founder of Green Springs, bought the land from the government. He purchased about 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) within Sandusky and Seneca counties, including the sulfur spring. It has been told by older citizens of that time that he really did not get the spring then, but later on bought it from the Indians for 12 bags of wheat, 12 bags of oats, 12 bags of corn, and a mule. The village was originally called Stemtown, named after the founder. It was later called Green Springs, named from the color of the water from the spring.

Geography

Green Springs is located at 41°15′26″N 83°03′06″W / 41.257152°N 83.051753°W / 41.257152; -83.051753 (41.257152, -83.051753).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.21 square miles (3.13 km2), all land.

State Route 19 passes through the community, the in-town portion of which is called Broadway Street.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 720
1890 910 26.4%
1900 816 −10.3%
1910 833 2.1%
1920 830 −0.4%
1930 750 −9.6%
1940 930 24.0%
1950 1,082 16.3%
1960 1,262 16.6%
1970 1,279 1.3%
1980 1,568 22.6%
1990 1,446 −7.8%
2000 1,247 −13.8%
2010 1,368 9.7%
Est. 2019 1,306 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,368 people, 481 households, and 320 families living in the village. The population density was 1,130.6 inhabitants per square mile (436.5/km2). There were 520 housing units at an average density of 429.8 per square mile (165.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.4% White, 0.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.4% of the population.

There were 481 households, of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the village was 40.4 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

Mineral Springs

Mineral Springs at Green Springs, the largest natural sulfur spring in the world, flows up from an underground river at a rate of 8 million gallons of water every 24 hours. The overflow runs into Green Creek and eventually into Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. In the early 19th century, Jacob Stem used the water to establish the area's first saw and grist mills. However the springs became a source for "curing all ailments". In 1868, entrepreneur Robert Smith had the water analyzed for mineral content and found it high in calcium sulfate and magnesium sulfate. Robert Smith was a very successful business man and was married to Catherine Stem, Jacob Stem's daughter. The area was developed to include hotels and spas, and people from many parts of Ohio and elsewhere came to be near the water. The water was also bottled and sold until the 1930s.

Education

Green Springs has one elementary school, Green Springs Elementary (grades K-5), which is part of Clyde-Green Springs Schools. They are known as the Clyde-Green Springs Fliers for their sports teams.

Green Springs has a public library, a branch of the Birchard Public Library Of Sandusky County.

Notable person

  • Rodger Wilton Young, Medal of Honor recipient, who along with his family moved to Green Springs when he was ten.
  • Ed Pulaski, Hero of the Big Burn and inventor of the Pulaski (tool) was born in Green Springs.
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