03-21-2011, 07:25 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Blount Springs, AL
Why did the stagecoach stop at Blount Springs?
This area is blessed with bubbling mineral springs.
It was known as the “Alabama Fountain of Youth.”
The wealthy and healthy would come to escape the heat and bathe in the mineral baths to stay young.
The sick would come in search of cures for scrofula, rheumatism, dyspepsia, sore eyes, gout, pimples, blotches, lost appetites, paralysis, and many other ailments.
This is how the area of the springs looks today.
I can only imagine what it looked like back in the early to mid 1800s.
The population would reach 3,000 people in the summer months.
The elite had summer cottages here.
This was circa 185 years ago.