Thursday, October 23, 2008

Old Antique Vintage Postcards of Excelsior Springs Health Resort

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Health resorts abound today with luxury many of us can only imagine but this is not a new phenomenon. Today, most of these resorts are privately owned and operated. Excelsior Springs Missouri is a popular spa destination today and can trace its founding to 1880 when a farmer used the spring water from the bank of Fishing River to treat his daughter for Tuberculosis with excellent results. Another farmer sucessfully treated his rheumatic knees and a recuring sore from the Civil War and the rush was on. The town of Excelsior was formed in August of 1880 and grew quickly as word spread of the healing qualities of the springs. Our first post card is a 1925 Curt Teich view of The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs.

The next postcard was published by C. E. Wheelock and is a circa 1908 view of Sulpho Saline Spring house. Springs continued to be found in the area until 20 different mineral springs gave the town the distinction of having the world's greatest collection of mineral waters which provided four distinct types of treatment.

The last postcard is a 1911 Curteich view of the entrance to the Lithia Water Spring #1 where you can buy 1 glass or 10 gallons and they "Shipped to any point". Lithia was actually water with Calcic-Bicarbonate. All of these postcards can be found in my Missouri listings along with 10,000 additional postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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