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Bethesda Spring | Postcard | Wisconsin Historical Society


Bethesda Spring

Bethesda Spring | Postcard | Wisconsin Historical Society
View of Bethesda Spring.
View of Bethesda Spring.
Image ID:37212
Creation Date:circa 1910
Creator Name:E.C. Kropp Co.
Collection Name:Place File
Original Format Type:prints, photomechanical
Original Format Number:PF Waukesha.4
Original Dimensions:5.5 x 3.5 inches
Located in Bethesda Park, it is the location where Col. Richard Dunbar first took of the "miraculous" water and was healed, leading to a resort and tourist industry that forever changed the course of development in Waukesha. That era lasted until about 1915, when modern medicine had debunked the claims of the healing powers of the water and the personal automobile had led to changes in the way that Americans vacationed. Bethesda water continued to be bottled until the late 1990s. At Bethesda Park, a simple brick structure covers the still-flowing spring. The trees planted to line the carriage paths of Dunbar's park beautification plan remain as visual reminders of Bethesda's past. (Description taken from

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