Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lover's Retreat - Near the Crazy Water Community of Mineral Wells, Texas

New Suspension Bridge
at Lover's Retreat
near Mineral Wells, Texas
The South's Greatest Health Resort

According to the Famous Water Company's website, "In the early days of the resort era, the hotel life [in Mineral Wells] was very basic and centered around the waters, very few leisure or social activities were offered. The typical boarding house was a two-story structure, with rooms costing $7-$10 per week, and normally included three meals a day. Each well had a different activity, and visitors moved from well to well for entertainment. Most wells offered all you can drink water cards to be purchased for $1 a week. Games were very popular in the pavilions and boarding house lobbies, with the domino game '42' being the most popular. Over time social outings became a part of the cure. A daily routine would include morning baths and visits to friends ('calling'), afternoon drives and donkey rides, and evening balls and concerts. The town advertised walks to Inspiration Point, Lover’s Retreat, Devil’s Hollow, Lake Mineral Wells, Witches Hollow and Hanging Rock. Donkey rides were very popular; the donkeys of Mineral Wells were commonly referred to as 'Texas Nightingales', a nickname given to them for their 'lovely signing' voices.
Mineral Wells was truly built on its waters, and the mineral waters provided the town with its identity for the first sixty years of its existence."

Lover's Retreat is found on Eagle Creek near the Brazos River west of the north central Texas town of Mineral Wells. As a girl, I often visited the Suspension Bridge which looked so dangerous as it swung over the small creek below and as a young woman I often went there with other couples.
This postcard is in my small collection of memorabilia from my hometown.
Actual Size:
5 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
14 cm. x 9 cm.
Back of Card:
Lovers' Retreat Mineral Wells TX Suspension Bridge 2nd side postcardGenuine Curteich-Chicago "C. T. Art-Colortone" Post Card (Reg. U. S. Pat. Off.)
Dallas Post Card Co., Dallas, Texas
See my other posts relating to Mineral Wells here.

Sources:Famous Mineral Water CompanyWeaver, A.F., Time Was in Mineral Wells, Houghton Printing Company, 1988, p. 42-43.
Taking Waters in Texas, p. 76, citing “Texas’ Carlsbad”, Texas and Pacific Quarterly, Vol.8, No.3 (July, 1905), p. 31.
Letters to the Editors: May 3, 2009, Mineral Wells Index
Ghosts of the Crazy Water Hotel
Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce

Read the other entries for this festival at A Festival of Postcards (4th Ed.) - Water

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault
is hosting this Festival of Postcards. She shares her Canadian Family’s Vintage Postcard Collection and encourages the use of postcards in the field of family history.


Janice Tracy said...

Great post and postcard....Mineral Wells has such an interesting history.

Greta Koehl said...

I had forgotten about "42" - my parents were crazy about that game and played it with friends at every opportunity.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Thanks, Janice! Yes, it was a pretty popular place in its hay-day!

Greta, my Daddy and Step-mother played the 42 dominoes game all the time, too. Now, my baby sister and her husband play all the time! It's a fun game.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Hello Judith,
this is just a note to let you know that I just published information for the October issue of A Festival of Postcards. In case you're planning to take part here's where you can find it!

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

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