Postcards from the "miracle" springs in Waukesha
The Power of Water: Waukesha Springs Era
Suffering from incurable diabetes, Col. Richard Dunbar drank 12 glasses of water from a spring at Bethesda in 1868 and declared himself cured. Dunbar's "miracle" led to the rise of Waukesha's tourist and resort industry, earning a reputation as the "Saratoga of the West." Advertisements of the springs and resort facilities took a variety of forms as these postcards from the height of the springs era illustrate.
The Progressive Era|
Travel and Tourism
|Pub Data: ||Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television.
|Citation: ||"The Power of Water: Waukesha Springs Era." Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television;
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