The Lithia Spring at Vossburg

 

By all known accounts, there were three commercial mineral water springs established near Vossburg during the late 1800’s. Newspaper articles and US Geological records reflect that two of these springs, Stafford Springs and Lithia Springs, were engaged in significant commercial enterprise wherein they bottled and shipped mineral water on a global scale. The activity of the third spring, the Vossburg Mineral Springs Company, is not clear. The records of the United States Geological Survey do point to two major players: Stafford Springs and Lithia Springs. Other than a statement contained in the newspaper clip posted below, I have not been able to find any record of the Vossburg Mineral Spring water being bottled or shipped. Only one hotel is known to have operated in Vossburg, The Voss Hotel, so it is likely that the Vossburg Mineral Spring Company was somehow affiliated.

 

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Clip from Jasper County News - circa 1900

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A few years ago, while I was searching for information relative to Stafford Springs, I ran across an E-Bay item associated to Jasper County. The offering was for a printer’s bottle label proof for the Vossburg Mineral Springs Company, recovered from the files of a defunct New York printer. At that time, I had never heard of a Vossburg Mineral Springs Company and assumed that this must have been an alternative brand once marketed by Stafford or Lithia Springs. I bid on the item and won the auction. A few years later, I have come to realize that I most likely own the sole remaining label of a Vossburg Mineral Springs water bottle.

 

 

Based upon personal accounts, the Lithia spring and the spring house (possibly other structures) were located on the north side of the railroad tracks, west of Vossburg, by a relatively short distance (a mile or less). I have been in contact with one individual who, as a child, observed the remains of the springhouse and some foundation stones.

 

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