Did Eureka Springs Waters Actually Heal People?

In an earlier post, I asked a more generic version of this question: Did Spring Waters Actually Heal People?

But let’s get more specific. What about the waters of Eureka Springs, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What claims were made about the curative powers of the spring waters of Eureka?

I don’t know that anyone, any library or any museum has the personal case histories of the many doctors who practiced in my little resort town back then, but there was plenty of advertising filled with the testimonials of people who claimed to have been cured (or others close to them).

This is one of the oldest brochures I’m aware of, 3-1/4″x5-3/4″, published by the city Commercial Club (a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce) sometime after 1909, and it is typical of the broad range of tributes that were published in those days.

If these had been sworn to in court, they would have been admissible evidence.

(Scans from original brochures by me. Click for larger image in a new window.)


About W. Keith Brenton

W. Keith Brenton is a retired communication specialist, minister and passenger train conductor, living and writing in the historic resort village Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He is the widowed adoptive dad of Matt and Laura, and Pop-Pop to one grandchild. He enjoys drinking the local water, but unfortunately doesn’t look any younger than his actual age.
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