This historic park dates back to the early 1800's. It provided water for the town founded on
its banks. Michael Dickson
from Tennessee was the first settler about 1817. The town was laid out in 1819 and incorporated as Ococoposa (Cold Water,
1820). Name was changed to Tuscumbia, in 1820, for a Chickasaw Indian Chief Tuscumbia. Confederate and Union soldiers
camped here during the Civil War. This is also the site for the Tennessee Valley Fair in the 1800s. President Carter
opened his reelection campaign here on September 1, 1980
It features the world's largest man-made natural stone waterfall named Coldwater Falls and a fountain that is dedicated to the memory of Princess Im-Mi-Ah-Key, wife of Chickasaw Indian Chief Tuscumbia (for whom the town is named).
The manmade lighted waterfall, situated at head of Spring Park, is constructed of 2000+ tons of local sandstone and stretches 80' wide and 42' tall. 4.3 million gallons of water pass over the falls each day. The fountain has 51 jets all choreographed to lights and music. The center jet of the fountain shoots over 125 feet into the air.
The water show is each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at dusk. There is trout fishing year round. Spring Park is also a great place for a picnic and to enjoy the outdoors. There is something for everyone. In addition to the Falls, the park has the Spring Park Train, Carousel, Python Roller Coaster and Splash Pad and a playground. There is also a 1950's Claunch Cafe open for lunch only (11am-2pm), Sun.-Thurs. Closed Fri and Sat.
Oka Kapassa is a special Native American gathering that is held in Spring Park and is dedicated to celebrating the culture and traditions of American Indians who once thrived in north Alabama.
The gathering is a coming home of sorts for the tribes that were forcibly removed from their homes in the Southeast.
A statue of Chief Tuscumbia is carved into a tree to the right.
American Indians found Colbert County very hospitable, in fact, Creek Indian Chief Chilly McIntosh once said, "As long as our nation remains upon this earth, we will recollect Tuscumbia."
The two-day celebration is focused around Spring Park in Tuscumbia. Oka Papassa means "coldwater". Friday, however, is dedicated to schoolchildren, with many events held at the Children's Museum of the Shoals in Florence.
Numerous activities are held that provide a unique experience. Those include storytelling, stone carving, flute music, flute making, stickball games, blowgun demonstrations, basket making, authentic Indian foods, mound builder pottery, Chickasaw stomp dancers, bow and arrow demonstrations and children's activities.
The statue to the right, reflecting the Indians' forced march to the west, is called "Sacred Tears, The Exit to the West."
Spring Park and Coldwater Falls
400 S. Main St.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674