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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…