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Magnetic Waters Of Slaterville Springs, NY
Columnist, "Backward Glance," Dryden Courier
Cortland County Standard, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1871
Slaterville, Aug. 28, 1871
Friend Kinney: - A few words in regard to Slaterville and its magnetic fountains may not be uninteresting to some of your readers.
This pleasant little village, situated nine miles southwest of Dryden and eight miles southeast of Ithaca, contains one hotel, one church, two stores, and a number of private dwellings. The magnetic springs, for which it is becoming so celebrated, are twelve in number and all flowing. The first of these was driven upon the premises of Dr. Gallagher, two years ago, but received no especial attention, with the exception of being considered the very best of water for all purposes, until about six months ago, when it was discovered to contain magnetic and medicinal properties in such combinations as to render it a most effectual remedy for certain diseases.
The water was first reached by driving forty-three feet deep, the greater part of the distance being through solid blue clay; the remainder of the wells they were obliged to drive forty to sixty feet. About this time this discovery was made, certain gentlemen, who had taken treatment at the magnetic springs of St. Louis, Mo., visited these springs and pronounced them equal if not superior to those in magnetic properties, thus placing them at least upon an equality with waters which have become world-wide in their celebrity as a remedial agent.
From that time to the present the magnetic waters of Slaterville have been proving themselves equal to the highest expectations of the citizens of this vicinity, and have achieved a popularity almost wonderful. The increasing interest which the people generally are taking in these springs is manifest by the crowds who daily visit them from all parts of the state.
There are at present over 40 invalids here taking treatment, and hundreds more are making inquiries as to the accommodations to be obtained, &c, and so far as we have been able to learn, not one who has given those waters a fair trial has failed of benefit.
Two small sized bath houses are running at present, and a very commodious building, 60 by 70 feet, is being erected for the same purpose. This building is to be completed in a few weeks, and is to contain all the modern improvements - physician's office, reception rooms, &c. There seems to be a probability, at least, that at no distant date the magnetic fountains of Slaterville will be ranked among the first in the country as a resort for the afflicted.
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