Calistoga in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Faithful Steam Well
When vaporized (as in the case of steam), water is lighter than air. This is why steam naturally rises, allowing for the possibility of cooking over a well. In wells like this one, the steam would rise up and cook anything placed at the top. With temperatures around 150°F (60°C), steam wells provided an easy and natural way of cooking without the use of fire.
Steam wells were also built around Calistoga for the purposes of soaking. Back in the 1700s, the native Wappo Indian Tribe used steam and hot mineral water for soaking and bathing. The Wappos believed that the water held special healing properties. Carrying on with this philosophy and tradition, visitors travel far and wide even today to enjoy a soak in Calistoga's natural hot mineral water baths.
The Old Faithful Steam Well was constructed out of wood, cement, and volcanic rock, and
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources.
Location. 38° 35.781′ N, 122° 36.113′ W. Marker is in Calistoga, California, in Napa County. Marker is on Tubbs Lane 0.8 miles south of Hwy 29, on the right when traveling south. Located on the property of Old Faithful Geyser of California. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1299 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oat Hill Mine Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Calistoga Sam Brannan Center (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mount View Hotel (approx. 1.7 miles away); Calistoga City Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Calistoga Depot (approx. 1.7 miles away); To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" (approx. 3.4 miles away); Petrified Forest (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calistoga.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.