Men, Men, Men, Men, Men-dee-Men-Men!
So, you're tired of men, are you? Well feast your eyes on THIS beauty! ( I jest, so I do.)
Here's another Flickr Commons photo from the National Library of Ireland, and what have we here? Not one, but TWO women! Hurrah! (I was greatly relieved to find the second lady in the background with the lovely hat, but I'll be honest, even I am going to struggle to come up with a photo that follows this theme!)
This picture is of "Twin Wells" on the banks of the River Aille at Lisdoonvarna in County Clare, taken around the turn of the century (1900).
Apparently the waters were acclaimed as restorative and this place was designated a spa. By the looks of things, the old lady in the photo has not benefited, or isn't drinking them. Ha!
Go on my dears, and make what you can of this, be it spas, water, old ladies, young ladies, tourists, umbrellas, homeless people. Go on!
This gazebo housed the spring at Tatham Springs in Washington Co, Kentucky, located on the mainland across the river from the hotel and accessible by a footbridge. Spring flowed naturally. Pictured is a visitor Dr. Block from Bloomfield, Ky.
Photo c. 1900 taken from my copy of
Washington County, Kentucky Bicentennial
In a previous post I had featured the beautiful
Tatham Springs Hotel which was built in 1893 on Carey Island in Chaplin River in Washington Co., Ky.
The occasion for the building of the hotel was the discovery of the supposedly curative properties of the mineral water found on the site. Spas and mineral water springs were the rage in
Victorian times, hundreds being built all over the country. Some are still famous such as Hot Springs and Eureka Springs in Arkansas or White Sulphur Springs in Virginia, USA. Most are gone now. The resorts were not limited to medicinal value. Before Florida and air conditioning, they were the urban dweller's principle vacation spot.
At Tatham Springs the water was to be drunk as tonic; there was no bath or pool. Water flowed from a natural cistern near the building. The water was sold in bottle form around the county as well as at the hotel.
The hotel was used a the 4-H camp which I attended in the 1940's. I remember it well.
Recently I visited the site and felt an eerie chill as it had been allowed to crumble to the ground with no plans for renovation.
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