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Healing Waters: Missouri's Historic Mineral Springs and Spas by Loring Bullard

By Loring Bullard

In therapeutic Waters, Loring Bullard delves into the lengthy historical past of Missouri's mineral springs and inns, concentrating relatively at the use and improvement of the mineral springs from 1800 to concerning the Thirties. in this interval, there have been not less than 80 websites within the country which may be defined as lodges. simply because such a lot of humans have been attracted to the springs by way of their religion within the therapeutic virtues of the springwater, cities have been usually based on the mineral springs. those locations fought challenging to catch the eye of Missourians who have been looking greater healthiness, rest, or strong occasions within the past due 1800s and early 1900s. by way of traveling the websites, amassing neighborhood ancient debts, interviewing neighborhood voters, and photographing last artifacts, Bullard has performed a masterful activity in supplying the solutions to why those brilliant social facilities got here to be and why they pale.

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There may even have been some improvements—such as wooden baths, shelters, or simple buildings—at some of the frontier springs. No records of such appurtenances have been found, however, and even if such facilities existed then, they could hardly have been considered resorts. In the region that would become Missouri, a very limited population base in 1800 constrained resort patronage. Only about seven thousand people lived in the whole territory at that time, with most of them concentrated in narrow swaths along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Many pioneers had probably heard of the famous mineral water spas of the eastern states and some may have visited them. There may even have been some improvements—such as wooden baths, shelters, or simple buildings—at some of the frontier springs. No records of such appurtenances have been found, however, and even if such facilities existed then, they could hardly have been considered resorts. In the region that would become Missouri, a very limited population base in 1800 constrained resort patronage.

William Back, Edward Landa, and Linda Meek, “Bottled Water, Spas, and the Early Years of Water Chemistry,” 606. 6. Stanley W. Davis and Augusta Davis, “Saratoga Springs and Early Hydrogeochemistry in the United States,” 351. 18 Healing Waters hubbub around the immense hotel, observed: “Up and down, up and down the length of the enormous piazza moved a mass of people, slowly, solemnly, almost treading on each other’s heels. The guests of the United States Hotel were digesting their gargantuan midday meal.

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