“You Should Drink it at a Gulp”
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N 44° 23.945 W 122° 28.851
10T E 541342 N 4916330
This history sign is located in Cascadia State Park.
Waymark Code: WMR76Z
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 05/20/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is at trailhead across from restrooms in Cascadia State Park.

Marker Name: “You Should Drink it at a Gulp”

Marker Text: Cascadia’s Soda Spring
The biggest fan of Cascadia’s mineral spring was George Geisendorfer, who came here with his family in 1895 to look for the “bubbling waters” he’d heard about from local old-timers. In those days, many people believed soda springs possessed healing properties. George had spent four year trying to recover from a bad case of pneumonia, and he was ready to try a “nature cure.”
The Geisendorfers camped for the summer — then bought the land and opened it to visitors. Within a year, 600 people were camping here, socializing, drinking the water, and staying for weeks. George’s health improved. He cleared the land, built a sawmill, and used local lumber to construct a resort with a 30-room hotel and several cabins.
By 1913, up to 1,000 people were routinely staying at Cascade in summer, and most of them actually liked the strong taste of the waters. “You won’t like it at first, if you nibble at it,” Geisendorfer cautioned new visitors. “You should drink it at a gulp.”
Oregon State Parks purchased Cascadia Springs from George Geisendorfer in 1940. They razed the deteriorating resort buildings and improved the area around the spring. The spring remained open and popular throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Linn

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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