The Great Waukesha Springs Era tells the story of a time gone by. From 1868-1918, Waukesha, Wisconsin was a center of the mineral spring water industry. Following the discovery of the healing powers of Bethesda Spring by Colonel Richard Dunbar in 1868, the mineral springs industry grew by leaps and bounds.

At first, people crowded the city to taste the healing waters. Then, as the rich and famous visited the city, it became a social center and a family vacation destination. It was called the Saratoga of the West. Finally, large regional and national bottlers established plants in the city.

This book, written by John M. Schoenknecht, tells the story of each of Waukesha's springs. Schoenknecht paints a picture of this fabulous time and the sad decline.

This Second Revised Edition of over 380 pages has over 60 new pages and hundreds of new photos from Mr. Schoenknecht's private collection.

Bill Schley, Publisher  

The book is now available in limited quantities from Publisher, Bill Schley. Cost is $29.95, including shipping, handling, postage.

Make checks payable to BILL SCHLEY for $29.95

And mail to;

Bill Schley   

P.O. Box 91

Hartland, WI 53029

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