The Hall of Waters
201 E Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO, USA
The Hall of Waters Excelsior Springs Reviews
Jul 01, 2007
The Hall of Waters was built between 1936 and 1938 above the Siloam and Sulpho-Saline Springs. In 1937 the building was mostly complete and opened a water bar to offer mineral water to the public. A few months later a mineral pool was opened along with Hydrotherapy departments for men and women. A two story hall was then erected to make the minerals available at fountains. On the first floor was the women's bath, covered porch, sun room, grand foyer and the Chamber of Commerce dept. The swimming pool met championship standards to conduct meets there. The south wing held Hydrotherapy departments for medicinal research of the waters. There was a bottling department on the east side of the building that shipped 5 kinds of water out worldwide.
Today the building still stands as it was built. You can enjoy Mineral baths for both men and women (by appointment). The water bar is still open and you can purchase varieties of water if you like. The water bar in the Hall of Waters is known as the "Worlds Longest Water Bar". These are some of the waters available:
~Sulpho Saline Location: Sulpho saline water was discovered 1460 feet down. Sulpho saline is rich in the chloride of sodium and the sulfates of sodium and magnesium. The Sulpho saline group of mineral waters has a mild laxative effect that tends to aid elimination and assists in restoring regularity. Mild and gentle, it is not as harsh as many commercial laxatives. This group of waters is also recommended for relief of conditions where a gentle flushing of the system is indicated: stomach distress, liver trouble, and related ailments. In addition to internal use, these waters were also used for gargling, douching, and bathing.
~Sodium Biocarbonate (Soda Water) The principle content of soda water is the bicarbonate of calcium, commonly prescribed as a diuretic and solvent. It is alkaline in reaction and is a valuable aid in the "Springs Treatment."
~Iron Manganese The water is very rich in iron, but not "hard water."
Iron Manganese is a reconstructive blood builder that exerts a specific influence on the formation of hemoglobin (blood iron) and the cellular elements of the bloodstream. It is also an active diuretic, increasing the volume of urinary fluids and elimination of solids. It helps Bright's Disease, diabetes, cystitis, and congestion of the kidneys. It slows down curable liver disease. It also benefits malnutrition, blood diseases, and indigestion. It is good for people with delicate stomachs.
~Calcium Location: One of the main types of waters in Excelsior Springs is calcium. There are may wells in Excelsior Springs that contain lithia, now known as calcium water. Calcium water is beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, gastritis, and all forms of stomach trouble and intestinal tract disorders.
The pool was closed in the early 90's after some underground plumbing issues could not be fixed while staying within the city budget. The Hall is used mainly as a City Hall on the second floor, where different meeting rooms are along with the court room. Currently the Capital Improvements Authority has approved a study to determine the cost of restoring the pool along with the cost of a new Community Center.
Part of the Excelsior Springs, MO travel blog
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!