Taking the Waters in Texas: Springs, Spas, and Fountains of Youth

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byJanet Mace Valenza

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"It is well known that Southern Texas possesses a greater variety of Mineral Waters than any other country on the globe" enthused a promotion for one of Texas' many watering spas of the nineteenth century. Though most are closed and nearly forgotten today, Texas spas and resorts once drew thousands of visitors from across the country, seeking healing of body and spirit in the rejuvenating mineral waters.

This book offers the first comprehensive history of Texas' healing springs. Janet Valenza tracks the rise, popularity, and decline of the "water cure" from the 1830s to the present day. She follows the development of major spas and resorts, such as Mineral Wells and Indian Hot Springs near El Paso, as well as of smaller, family-run springs. She also describes how mineral waters influenced patterns of settlement, transportation routes, commerce, and people's attitudes toward the land. Period photos and quotes from those seeking cures offer vivid glimpses into the daily life at the springs, which Valenza lists and describes county-by-county in the appendix.

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Maybe Davey Crocket liked Texas because of the spas and natural spring waters found there – or maybe not. In either case, Janet Mace Valenza has written a comprehensive history of the once internationally renowned string of Texan spas and rejuvenating mineral waters. Taking the Waters in Texas, Springs, Spas, and Fountains of Youth wil...

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"It is well known that Southern Texas possesses a greater variety of Mineral Waters than any other country on the globe" enthused a promotion for one of Texas' many watering spas of the nineteenth century. Though most are closed and nearly forgotten today, Texas spas and resorts once drew thousands of visitors from across the country, ...

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"It is well known that Southern Texas possesses a greater variety of Mineral Waters than any other country on the globe", enthused a promotion for one of Texas' many watering spas of the nineteenth century. Though most are closed and nearly forgotten today, Texas spas and resorts once drew thousands of visitors from across the country,...

The late Janet Valenza held a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin and taught geography at Austin-area colleges and universities.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:279 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292787340

ISBN - 13:9780292787346

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Vanishing Places1. Taking the Waters2. Historic Watering Tradition3. Texas' Resorts4. Places Lived: Recapturing Past Landscapes5. Daily Spa Life6. Marketing the Waters7. The Experience of Bathing8. Places LostPostscript: Song of the Sacred WatersAppendix A: County List of Medicinal Wells and SpringsAppendix B: Regional Guide to Texas' Medicinal WatersNotesBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

Maybe Davey Crocket liked Texas because of the spas and natural spring waters found there – or maybe not. In either case, Janet Mace Valenza has written a comprehensive history of the once internationally renowned string of Texan spas and rejuvenating mineral waters. Taking the Waters in Texas, Springs, Spas, and Fountains of Youth will ease the aches in your muscles and make your complexion as clear as the blue skies of Texas.