All the rain we’ve gotten the past two months has swollen the rivers, lakes, and creeks in and around our town, as well as the springs. 63 of them were counted in the late 1800’s, when thousands of hopeful travelers came to “take the healing waters.”
Today’s map of the Springs lists 14. Although no longer offering the opportunity to bathe and drink, they are beautifully landscaped with benches and picnic tables. Grotto Spring (at the top of Spring Street near Harmon Park) is so named because it flows from a natural grotto. A stone above the entrance declares “Esto Perpetua,” bidding the waters to flow forth forever. It’s a great spot to cool off in the summer.