single frame: City of Mineral Water


City of Mineral Water
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA

Martinsville, Indiana, was once renowned for its healing waters.

It was while drilling for oil in the area in 1887 that a smelly aquifer was found. In those days, mineral waters were thought to possess healing properties.

Martinsville’s first mineral-water spa, or sanitarium as they were called then, was established in 1888. By 1930, thirteen sanitariums operated there. People from all walks of life came from around the world to Martinsville to bathe.

But the Great Depression and the closing of the Interurban line that reached Martinsville brought about the sanitariums’ decline. The last of them closed in 1971.


4 responses to “single frame: City of Mineral Water”

  1. DougD Avatar

    Wow, what a great sign.

    We had a spa in our area near the aptly named hamlet of Sulphur Springs, but all that remains is a stone artesian well with really stinky water coming out of it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s a Sulphur Springs here in Indiana too. I wonder how many others there are.

  2. Michael McNeill Avatar

    That’s interesting. The hospital I go to in Bath, England for treatment for my arthritis is known locally as ‘The Min’, The Mineral Water hospital. It sits just up from the site of the Roman Baths and opened in 1738.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I looked the place up on Wikipedia. Interesting history!

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