“TAKING THE WATERS” AT TEXAS HEALTH SPAS

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By Bartee Haile

 

Returning home from a trip to Texas’ leading mineral water resort, a Marlin man issued an earnest appeal to his neighbors in a May 26, 1905 letter to the editor of the local newspaper. “The virtue of the water in Mineral Wells do (sic) not begin to compare with our water,” wrote the concerned citizen. “We have a beautiful and healthy location and nature has blessed us with most favorable surroundings in every way.” The practice of “taking the waters” dates back to prehistoric days. The Texas Almanac states,

 

“Indians carved crude bathtubs out of rocks at Boquillas Hot Springs in what is now Big Bend National Park so they could bathe in the hot mineral water.” More recently none other than Sam Houston sought relief for his aching wounds at Sour Lake in Hardin County and the sulphur springs in Grimes County. In 1877 James Lynch and his sickly wife Amanda left Denison in search of a better climate. They settled in a cozy valley in Palo Pinto County, where James talked an itinerant driller into a digging a water well for his family.

 

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