Some interesting information from Minnesota Eats Out
Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky
with recipes by Eleanor Ostman
Unusual sulfur springs were discovered near Shakopee and Jordan in the early 1900s. Mud baths made from these waters were thought to provide curative treatments for rheumatism, gout, sciatica, neuralgia, asthma, neuritis, and various skin, kidney, and nervous diseases. Three eleaborate health resorts were built, and Minnesota’s sulfur springs industry gained national fame. Thousands of patients seeking treatment began arriving from all over the United States and Canada.
Mud-bath resorts employed physicians, surgeons, nurses, chiropractors, lab technicians, masseurs, masseuses, and numerous aides and assistants. Rates in 1927 ranged from $35 to $45 per week for room, meals, and treatment.
Soda fountains got their start in the early 1800s when visitors to health resorts asked to take home the fizzy mineral water served at the spas because they thought it made them feel better. Enterprising pharmacists began importing the water as a healing tonic, and it quickly grew in popularity. Because the water was expensive to bottle and transport over long distances from the springs, it wasn’t long before artificial mineral water that could be produced locally was developed. Called "soda water," it became the new health drink sought after in drug stores.