Near Hazel Green in Wolfe County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Swango Springs Spa
Erected 1966 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 920.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 47.725′ N, 83° 24.196′ W. Marker is near Hazel Green, Kentucky, in Wolfe County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 191 0.8 miles east of Kentucky Route 203, on the left when traveling east. It is at the Red River Valley Elementary School, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11134 Highway 191, Hazel Green KY 41332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USA Gens. Morgan CSA (approx. half a mile away); Hazel Green Academy (approx. half a mile away); Wolfe County War Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Gateway to Appalachia (approx. 8.9 miles away); Swift's Silver Camp (approx. 8.9 miles away); Wolfe County, 1860 (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named USA Gens. Morgan CSA (approx. 8.9 miles away); Wolfe County Veterans Wall (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hazel Green.
More about this marker. This marker was originally erected at the old school in town. It was moved to the brand new Red River Valley Elementary School circa 2015.
Regarding Swango Springs Spa. The spring, enclosed in a small round-roofed stone structure set into a hill about ¼ mile west the marker and visible from Route 191. The spring is on private property.
Also see . . . Entry for Harrison Swango in Find A Grave.com. Excerpt:
Harrison was a very wealthy farmer. On his farm near Hazel Green there was a spring used for cooling milk and butter as they were normally used. Stories passed down through my family says [his wife] Anna noticed one of their dogs had mange, which causes(Submitted on March 13, 2020.)
Being as intelligent as he was , Harrison decided to see if the water would help people. If his children had a skin problem (cut, scrape, burn, bruise), he used the water and it cured them. Thus he decided to share his findings with the community. Word got around and the next thing he knew he had people wanting to come and bath in his mineral springs. This began Swango Mineral Springs. The water was bottled and was distributed until about 1943.
1. Mark Twain Was a Guest at the Swango Springs Spa
He wrote this in his second autobiography, Mark Twain’s Autobiography, Volume 2, published in 1924.
In the remote parts of the country the weekly village newspaper remains the same curious production it was when I was a boy, sixty years ago, on the banks of the Mississippi. The metropolitan daily of the great city tells us every day about the movements
Now the court circular of the remote village newspaper has always dealt, during these sixty years, with the comings and goings and sayings of its local princelings. They have told us during all those years, and they still tell us, what the principal grocery man is doing and how he has bought a new stock; they tell us that relatives are visiting the ice-cream man, that Miss Smith has arrived to spend a week with the Joneses, and so on, and so on. And all that record is just as intensely interesting to the villagers as is the record I have just been speaking of, of the doings and sayings of the colossally conspicuous personages of the United States. This shows that human nature is all alike; it shows that we like to know what the big people are doing, so that we
(From The Hazel Green (Ky.) Herald.)
Dr. Bill Swango is able to be in the saddle again.
Aunt Rhod Swango visited Joseph Catron and wife Sunday.
Mrs. Shiloh Swango attended the auction at Maytown Saturday.
W. W. Swango has a nice bunch of cattle ready for the Mount Sterling market.
James Murphy bought ten head of cattle from W. W. Swango last week.
Mrs. John Swango of Montgomery County visited Shiloh Swango and family last week.
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Swango, wife of Wash, the noted turkey trader of Valeria, was the guest of Mrs. Ben Murphy Saturday and Sunday.
Now that is a very genuine and sincere and honest account of what the Swangos
— Submitted March 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
2. Column for the marker
The column holding the marker hass been damaged.
— Submitted November 9, 2020.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on November 8, 2020, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.