Wilhoit Springs: Molalla's Lost Resort

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History and legend mingle at Wilhoit Mineral Springs, a former health and recreation resort south of Molalla in Clackamas County. Although nothing remains of the rustic lodge buildings and campground today, tales of the healing soda springs enticed people to "take the waters," and indeed they did. By the late 1800s, this call for relaxation, social camaraderie, and a healthy cure escalated into a large gathering ground and community resort. The rustic getaway lured wealthy city guests from Portland, Salem, and Eugene, as well as the average local family. Wilhoit Springs Park, open to visitors today, is part riparian wilderness and part oak savannah and contains a fortress of older trees in a verdant setting. Today, people can picnic, walk through the mossy woods and meadows, and explore the lush surroundings. There are two springs, one pleasantly soda and the other highly sulfur—each is accessible today.
ISBN: 9781467103237
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Judith Sanders Chapman is a Molalla resident and fourth-generation Oregonian who works as a professional historian. Lois E. Helvey Ray, whose pioneer ancestors settled in Molalla in the 1840s, is a local research historian and former newspaper editor. Photographs and other images were selected from museums, archives, newspapers, and personal collections.
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