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The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Mysterious Caves and Sparkling Soda

The Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Mysterious Caves and Sparkling Soda

by Dagny McKinley


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Steamboat Springs is world renowned for the ski mountain that overshadows the town, but it was the multitude of springs that drew Ute Indians and then the first white settlers to this valley. John Crawford, Steamboat's founder, envisioned a town where people traveled from around the world to take part in the healing properties of the waters. The various springs were believed to cure everything from rheumatism, gout and dyspepsia to virulent blood disorders and skin diseases. While some springs have disappeared and others were sacrificed in the name of progress, many--including Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs--still beckon visitors to bask in their sparkling waters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609498801
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dagny McKinley has an MFA from Naropa in Boulder, Colorado. She has worked as a copywriter and content developer for companies from San Diego to Colorado. Her volunteer work includes the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Wood River Animal Shelter and Yosemite National Park. She has been a member of the Steamboat Springs hot springs team since 2006.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 A Brief History of the Mineral Waters of Steamboat Springs 15

2 Black Sulphur Spring 53

3 Crawford Spring 57

4 Iron Spring 61

5 Lake Spring 67

6 Lithia Spring or Milk Spring 71

7 Narcissus/Terrace Spring 83

8 Old Town Hot Springs 87

9 Soda Spring 115

10 The Steamboat Spring 125

11 Strawberry Park Hot Springs 135

12 Sulphur Cave Spring 159

13 Sulphur Spring 169

14 In Memoriam of Lost Springs 175

Conclusion 177

Bibliography 179

Index 181

About the Author 187

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