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Big Dipper: 1906

Big Dipper: 1906

Circa 1906. "Interior, High Rock Spring, Saratoga, N.Y.," a.k.a. the "Medicine Spring of the Great Spirit." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Big Dipper

I lived in Saratoga Springs in 1971-72 and never heard of this attraction. I wondered why until I saw that comment below by Commishbob. Plus there was the fact that I was working 12 hour days, seven days a week, which did not allow for much going around.

Back in business

Lots of info on the net about this very interesting spot. After years of being dry/inactive it was reopened five years ago. From Saratoga Today's site:

        As Saratoga Springs flourished in the 1800’s the number of mineral springs grew from four that were original and naturally occurring, to 203 mostly drilled springs. By 1908, overuse of most of the many springs by mechanical pumping left the High Rock Spring dry. The High Rock Spring had stopped flowing and the founding spot of the village would stay dry until it was re-drilled in 2015.

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