Wednesday July 20, 2005
By Alison Nelligan
Welcome to As It Was: Tales from the State of Jefferson
Stewart Mineral Springs, tucked away in a lush, secluded canyon just north of Weed, California, is the last resort of its kind still operating in Siskiyou County. Others, popular at the turn of the last century are now gone.
Henry S. Stewart, a successful businessman and rancher, experienced the water's curative powers when he was ill in the 1850s. He was taken to the springs by Native American friends where they used the water and a sweat lodge to heal him.
Convinced of their therapeutic value, Stewart later acquired the springs and in 1875 opened his resort to the public. His promotional ads appealed to those in poor health or just seeking nature and relaxation:
"If you are troubled with rheumatism, stomach trouble or skin disease, try this wonderful water. If you are weary from work, love the forests, mountains, and streams…bring your tent and enjoy real life."
Now, more than a century later, Stewart Springs welcomes visitors from all over the world. Guests here steep in private tubs, sweat in a wood-heated sauna, and plunge into the cold waters of Park's Creek. Some even drink the water! Although the price has gone from seventy-five cents to twenty dollars, one can still soak in nature's healing waters.
Today's episode of As It Was was written by Alison Nelligan, the program engineer is Raymond Scully. I'm Shirley Patton. As It was is a co-production of JPR and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. To Share stories or learn more about the series visit asitwas - dot- org
Wooldrige, Jesse Walton. History of the Sacramento Valley, California. Chicago: The Pioneer Historical Pub. Co., 1931.