Healing Waters Missouri's Historic Mineral Springs And Spas by Loring Bullard
Missouri’s mineral springs and resorts played a vital role in the social and economic development of the state. In Healing Waters, Loring Bullard delves into the long history of these springs and spas, concentrating particularly on the use and development of the mineral springs from 1800 to about the 1930s. During this period, there were at least eighty sites in the state that could be described as resorts. Because so many people were drawn to the springs by their faith in the healing virtues of the spring water, towns were frequently founded at the mineral springs. These places fought hard to capture the attention of Missourians who were seeking better health, relaxation, or good times in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
By visiting the sites, gathering local historical accounts, interviewing local citizens, and photographing remaining artifacts, Bullard has done a masterful job in providing the answers to why these vibrant social centers came to be and why they faded.
About the Author
Loring Bullard is Executive Director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. He is the author of The Springs of Greene County, and he lives in Springfield, Missouri.
Published by University of Missouri, 2004. Paperback, 272 pages.