By Loring Bullard
In therapeutic Waters, Loring Bullard delves into the lengthy heritage of Missouri's mineral springs and inns, concentrating really at the use and improvement of the mineral springs from 1800 to concerning the Nineteen Thirties. in this interval, there have been a minimum of 80 websites within the country which may be defined as motels. simply because such a lot of humans have been attracted to the springs by means of their religion within the therapeutic virtues of the springwater, cities have been usually based on the mineral springs. those locations fought difficult to catch the eye of Missourians who have been looking higher wellbeing and fitness, rest, or sturdy occasions within the past due 1800s and early 1900s. through traveling the websites, collecting neighborhood old bills, interviewing neighborhood voters, and photographing closing artifacts, Bullard has performed a masterful activity in delivering the solutions to why those brilliant social facilities got here to be and why they pale.
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Wetmore, Gazetteer, 149. 6 The Surveys T he acquisition of French Louisiana, including the real estate that would become Missouri, fired the imagination of America. This raw land promised resources and opportunities that inspired and energized the hungry nation. Expeditions such as those of Lewis and Clark in 1804, Pike in 1806, and Long and Schoolcraft in 1818–1819 hinted at the depth and breadth of the region’s natural resources and their intrinsic value. At its founding in 1821, Missouri’s influential citizens were already clamoring for the government to conduct accurate surveys in order to catalog these valuable resources and position them for expeditious development.
178; Alphonso Wetmore, Gazetteer of the State of Missouri, 68. 2. Cuming, Sketches, 165. 3. Houck, A History, 1:191, 277. 4. Wetmore, Gazetteer, 171. 26 Healing Waters To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Iron kettle used for salt making at Boone’s Lick State Historic Site, Howard County, 1998. Photo by author vessels around salt springs may have given European settlers the idea to set up production. Later salt makers, who were excavating for fire pits near saline springs, were surprised to find that such artifacts lay at considerable depths below the surface, indicating their ancient origins.
The Bible references Siloam’s pool, a healing spring and part of Jerusalem’s water supply, where Jesus gave a blind man sight, and the pool at Bethesda, with its five porches (columned porticoes) where the waters would heal when “troubled” by angels (“troubled” could mean the water became roiled by escaping gases). Later, these biblical notations played into the hands of medicinal spring promoters. The profusion of American mineral water sites with names like Bethesda and Siloam, including at least five in Missouri, show this connection.