The Sulphur Springs at Chittenango

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Editor note: Submitted by historian Richard Palmer of Onondaga County, taken from the Syracuse Star, July 4, 1849.

Mr. Editor: Allow me to call the attention of the public to three springs, which, in my opinion, surpass any sulphur springs in the country, not excepting the white sulphur springs of Virginia, which they most resemble.

The waters gush forth from the rocks in the side of the mountain, clear, cold and in great quantity. No person can have the cholera there, nor scarcely any other ailment which flesh is heir to. So easy of access, too – three miles south of the Chittenango Rail Road Depot – upon the plank road leading to Cazenovia, by the side of the rapid Chittenango creek, delightfully shaded with most beautiful forest trees, By the way, this plank road is one of the best in the State; and from Chittenango village to Cazenovia affords one of the most romantic and delightful drives in the State; passing the cascades of the Chittenango river and through an almost unbroken forest of lofty shade trees.

Our hosts, Messrs. Holmes & Son, of the Springs, are exceedingly polite and attentive. Their table good – the only difficulty is, their buildings are not large enough. They will, however, soon remedy this. Syracusans who wish to go to this delightful place should take the morning cars, or the 7:30 p.m. run, and in half an hour they will be at Chittenango Depot, where they will find an omnibus running to the Springs. Messrs. Holmes & Son have a fine bathing house and bat alley connected with their establishment. We say to all our citizens go and refresh yourselves at these springs for at least a few days, and you will find yourselves greatly invigorated and refreshed.

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