Murrieta Hot Springs

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The sulfurous, effervescent waters of Murrieta Hot Springs have long attracted visitors. Native American petroglyph and pictograph images directed weary travelers to the springs where Juan Murrieta later bathed his sheep and a San Diego firm laundered clothing. In 1902, an enterprising German immigrant named Fritz Guenther developed acreage around the springs into a world-class resort and health spa at the Murrieta Hot Springs. After the Guenther family sold the resort, a stream of owners reportedly laundered money for the Teamsters Union and vended cancer cures, vegetarian foods, and holistic philosophies to those who ventured near enough to inhale sulfur rising in thick clouds of steam. Now the springs bubble under the watchful eye of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. They have renovated the grounds and buildings to honor the resort's former glory and have developed it into Calvary Chapel Bible College and Conference Center.
ISBN: 9780738559568
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tony Guenther, Fritz Guenther's great-grandson, shares his never-before-seen photograph collection in this volume. Marvin Curran and Loretta Barnett tell their memories of the heyday of the springs as Rebecca Farnbach, a freelance writer, weaves the stories together. Barnett and Farnbach authored Images of America: Temecula, Images of America: Murrieta, and Images of America: Fallbrook. Curran also coauthored Images of America: Murrieta.
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