Editor Ellingwood's Therapeutist:
I write you an initiatory, relative to Cave Springs, Benton County, Ark., and to solicit attention to the fact that not a more favorable location can be pointed out in the whole Ozark mountain region, in which to establish and maintain a system of sanatariums. The spring issues directly from a cave in the mountain side. I am perfectly conversant with this mountain stream, which at medium flow passes over the falls at the entrance to the amount of 2,500 gallons per minute, or 150,000 gallons per hour. This is a very conservative estimate. The water is 52 degrees in temperature, soft and non-medicinal. Supports a lake of several acres and supplies power to run machinery.
Enough cold air flows constantly from the mouth of the cave, if confined and utilized, to supply and cool a very-many-room-building of many rooms. The surrounding country is mountainous. A railroad leads to the spring from Rogers, Ark., and from Siloam Springs, Benton County.
Much might be said truthfully of the surrounding country, its healthfulness, its protection from the rigors of winter, and its freedom in large degree from the sweltering heat of summer, and the immense orchards to be seen upon every hand.
The local popularity of Cave Springs has long been established; hundreds of people, campers, picnickers, pleasure seekers, etc., visiting there daily or weekly. Many northern people, if they might stumble over these lines, would recall a pleasant hour or a longer period enjoyed at the resort under consideration, while prospecting or just "outing" in northwest Arkansas, for many from the plains of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois, Indiana and as far east as York state have quaffed these cold waters and laved in the beautiful lake.
I write you doctor with the view to interest some capitalists in the matter of developing these springs and the surroundings in that at least one or two first class sanatariums may be opened to which we might send our run down patients, and any who by reason of threatened throat or lung trouble could be accommodated with "winter protection." To any physicians or others who might become interested, we would say: call upon or write to W. M. Bartlett, Cave Springs, via Rogers, Ark., or to the undersigned.
W. L. LEISTER, M. D.
Oakland City, Ind.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.