The Saratoga Sun -

Warm Springs

 


Editor, 

On the outside, Saratoga may appear as just another small town for travelers passing through, but locals and visitors who have experienced what this incredible place can offer know that it is so much more.  In fact, within Saratoga lies a true gem, one that brings locals and visitors together by undergoing  the natural, healing powers of the Saratoga Hot Springs. 

Since the beginning, when Native Americans felt the springs held a therapeutic use, Saratoga’s rich history has revolved quite a bit around the same waters we enjoy today.  So much so that up until 1884, the town was called Warm Springs.  Even earlier, the springs were a site of attraction for the first settlers and drew in visitors from all over. 

Today, the Saratoga Hot Springs provide locals and visitors the same experience with access to the main pool, which receives most of its heat from the Lobster Pot, an enclosed area where temperatures can go up to as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, there is also a smaller hot pool near it. Runoff from the springs has been trapped inside rock formations along the North Platte River’s banks, allowing people to enjoy a “cooler” version of the water as well. 

Not only do the springs have recreational value, but they are also packed with exceptional health benefits, both physically and mentally. I have learned through conversations with many locals that the springs are full of essential minerals that our bodies need, such as calcium, magnesium, and sulfate.  I have met people who claim that the springs have helped treat their arthritic pain and any injury they may have. I have also met people who say the water is excellent for their skin, helping them with conditions like psoriasis and eczema. But the benefits extend to issues beyond the surface as well. I have found that soaking in the springs greatly reduces my stress and helps me achieve a good night’s sleep. And, according to the locals, I know I’m not alone in that regard. 

As a visitor, I have been fortunate enough to get to know the community and its people better throughout the years, largely due to going to the springs.  I have met many locals and have been able to learn their stories. Some have lived in Saratoga their entire lives, while others came from different parts of the country.  I have found that the locals deeply enjoy the springs and truly appreciate what they mean to the town. 

Saratoga wouldn’t be what it is without the springs, and the springs wouldn’t be what they are without the locals and visitors who help make the whole experience so unique. From the history of the springs to the undeniable health benefits to the people that come together to enjoy the heat, Saratoga Hot Springs has something to offer everyone!

Shawn Vieth

Evansville, Indiana

 

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