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Exploring the mineral water that put Manitou Springs on the map

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Manitou Springs' mineral water has been appreciated for its health benefits throughout history. According to the Mineral Springs Foundation, for centuries, native peoples revered the effervescent water. The water was used for treating stomach aches, soothe skin problems, and was a tonic for other ailments.

The naturally carbonated water inspired the town's early development. In 1871, General William J. Palmer and Dr. William A. Bell founded Manitou Springs, attracting those seeking "The Cure."

You can explore Manitou Springs' natural water sources with a self-guided tour.

Each spring has different amounts of minerals and natural carbonation and was even used to treat liver and kidney disease disorders in the past, according to the Foundation.

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce shares, "The source of these famous mineral waters lies deep underground in a system of cavernous aquifers. As the ancient water erodes the surrounding limestone, carbonic acid is created, which gives the Manitou springs their effervescence. This natural carbonation forces the water back to the surface through cracks in the rocks, where it absorbs high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate (soda) and other minerals, including Lithium!"

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  1. “The naturally carbonated water inspired the town’s early development. In 1971, General William J. Palmer and Dr. William A. Bell founded Manitou Springs, attracting those seeking “The Cure.””
    I was not aware that William Jackson Palmer (September 18, 1836 – March 13, 1909) or Dr. William Abraham Bell (26 April 1841 – 6 June 1921) were still alive in 1971.

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