This is a book
that covers more than the title suggests. While it's main topic
is worth the price of admission, the reader is also treated to details
of other topics liberally sprinkled among its 265 pages. Besides
being readable history, it's also boom-bust economics, tourism history,
hygiene, and hucksterism. There are even a few pages of geologic
settled in Texas, water was the first consideration. Today some
of these water-born cities are thriving, even though, in some cases,
the original water source is long gone.
show the hotels, clinics, wells, products, and the associated businesses
and enterprises they spawned. From hillside donkey rides in Mineral
Wells, to boarding houses in Marlin.
Most illustrations are from the author's postcard collection.
Bands were kept
busy entertaining the aquaphiles between baths. Railroads added
spurs to accommodate the traffic seeking "the cure". Lemonade stands
served hot lemonade and hotels employed "boosters" who would meet
trains and lure guests to the hotel's empty rooms. The author visited
many of the waters included, and even took the drastic measure of
leaving the state in the name of research.