Mineral Well

Mineral Well (HM20JE)

Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307 Mecosta County
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N 43° 40.389', W 85° 28.974'

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In 1890, Alf Clark, who hoped to find oil at this site, found instead mineral water. Baths or drinks of Clark's Red Cross Electric Mineral Water were said to cure many maladies. By 1893 the Big Rapids Mineral Water Company was marketing the water on the East Coast and using it in its bath house on West Maple. In 1896, having changed its product name to Natural Medicinal Water, the firm built a bandstand next to the bath house. Twenty warm, soothing mineral baths cost five dollars. The water was bottled in a plant on North State Street.

Side 2
The 1905 prospectus of the Yo-Landa Mineral Springs Company envisioned using Clark's mineral water in soft drinks, automobile anti-freeze and curative drinks. But scientific medicine, exemplified by the Ferris State College of Pharmacy, which opened in 1893, was beginning to challenge elixirs. In 1912, the last local effort to market Clark's water failed. Its plant became Pioneer Publications' home in 1971; and in 1979 the well site became part of Ferris State, whose offerings include degrees in pharmacy, optometry and allied health.
HM NumberHM20JE
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1983
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 622298 N 4836689
Decimal Degrees43.67315000, -85.48290000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 40.389', W 85° 28.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 40' 23.34" N, 85° 28' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14314 Northland Dr, Big Rapids MI 49307, US
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