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IT STARTED WITH THE WATER, BUT THE PROGRESS KEEPS FLOWING

Excelsior Springs, the city with the

magic waters, came to be as a modern

dwelling in the year 1880. At the time,

it was basically a wheat field. From the

Fishing River, a spring water with a red

coloring flowed, becoming Siloam Spring

and the first of the mineral waters found

in Excelsior Springs. It is the only natural

supply of ferro-manganese mineral water

in the United States and one of only five

known worldwide. It’s also the spring that

paved the way for Excelsior Springs to

become what it is today.

The story goes like this: A local farmer,

Travis Mellion, was searching for help

for his daughter who was suffering from

tuberculosis. Mellion gave his daughter

water from the spring to drink and bathe

in. Within days, a drastic improvement

in her condition was observed; in just

weeks, she was cured. People took notice.

Another story of the healing properties of

the water comes from Civil War Veteran

Frederick Kuglar, who decided to test the

water on an unhealed gunshot wound. He,

too, found relief and a full recovery from

the waters.

From there, the owners of the property

platted the valley and formed a town.

Within a year’s time, 200 houses had

settled into the hilly terrace for newcomers

to call home. Visitors who had heard of the

magic waters came in droves, camping

in tents and covered wagons, to get their

hands on the waters.

After the discovery of the first water,

more than 40 more mineral water wells

and springs were identified, including

sodium bicarbonate, calcium bicarbonate

and saline sulphur. One of Excelsior’s

claims to fame is that we have more

groupings of mineral water than anywhere

else in the world. You read that correctly -

in the entire world!

Before long, visitors from larger

metropolitan areas caught interest in the

springs. Suddenly, due to high demand,

boarding houses and hotels were erected

and stage lines were put into place.

Excelsior continued to thrive with further

construction and expansion, even avoiding

the worst of the Great Depression thanks

to our status as a health resort oasis.

In the late 1950s, the good times took

a hit as some of the health benefits were

questioned and popularity of resort spa

towns declined.

Today, the springs still flow, although

access to them has diminished. City and

community civic groups are currently

working to restore mineral water pavilions

at as many sites as possible.

Our rich history helped make us what

we are, but we are even more than our

water. We have created a community with

deep roots in history and a huge passion

toward the future. We have two feet

moving forward while keeping an eye on

our past.

Our tourism industry is booming and

new businesses are opening up every

year, including new breweries, restaurants

and retail space with more to come in the

future.

We pride ourselves on being a unique,

charming town rich in history, culture and

forward momentum. We welcome you to

our town and hope you enjoy your time

here!

If you’d like to learn more about our

history, you can read about it at www.

VisitExcelsior.com or even better, learn

about it in person at the Excelsior Springs

Museum and the Hall of Waters.

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