Wheeler Spring - Manitou Springs, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 38° 51.571 W 104° 55.096
13S E 507091 N 4301190
Quick Description: Manitou Springs was developed in the late 1800s-early 1900s for the local 'healing waters' to help victims of tuberculosis and other illnesses.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2011 12:45:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMCQ7T
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Clan Riffster
Views: 18

Long Description:
"The Native Americans who traveled in this region long ago considered the land around the springs sacred. The bubbles, or natural carbonation in the water, represented to them the breath of the Great Spirit "Manitou". With the westward spread of early settlements and the foresight of individuals like the town’s founder Dr. William A. Bell, Manitou Springs developed around the mineral springs, becoming a destination resort for people desiring a health vacation in the "Saratoga of the West". Visitors arrived with doctors’ prescriptions to drink specific waters as a cure for their ills.

In the mid 1980’s another movement to restore the springs began to take shape. The year of Manitou Springs’ one hundred tenth birthday, 1986 to be exact, saw the establishment of a city fund for mineral springs restoration. In 1987 this effort evolved into the Save The Springs program; predecessor to the Mineral springs Foundation of today.

During the 1990s the resurgence of the health and spa culture has been strong. It is believed that mineral rich waters provide a natural link to healing ailments of the body and soul. Many local organizations and individuals utilize the waters for the mineral springs in their health regimens." (from (visit link) )

There are ten natural springs that have been restored in Manitou Springs and may easily be found with this brochure (visit link) .

"The Wheeler Spring, a drilled soda spring, was donated to the city by the family of Jerome Wheeler, of the New York Macy's, residing locally and involved in banking, mining and railroads locally and in Aspen. His home, Windemere, was located where the present post office is (visit link) , and several of the estate's many buildings remain." (from (visit link) )

The mineral content of the various natural Manitou Springs may be found at (visit link) .
Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: None

Private Land access?: this is near a public park and on the sidewalk, easy to access.

Visit Instructions:
Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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