Chalybeate Springs in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Chalybeate Springs / Chameleon Springs
Discovered by Dr. William Ford in the early 1800s, the springs were famous for their supposed healing powers. The Chalybeate Springs Hotel provided dancing, dining horse racing, golf, tennis, and fox hunting. Andrew Jackson is said to have visited often after his presidency. A popular resort for more than 100 years, it closed during World War II.
Pioneer "long hunters” often camped at mineral springs located nearby. In 1804, their campsite became the location of Chameleon Springs Hotel. A summer resort with five different mineral waters and many activities, it operated until the early 1930s. An 1825 meeting at Bryan's Tavern at Chameleon Springs formally established Edmonson County.
Erected 2016 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2484.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 7.63′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2306 Chalybeate Road, Smiths Grove KY 42171, 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. Marvel Mills Logan (approx. 3˝ miles away); County Named, 1825 (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic Entrance (approx. 4.9 miles away); Civil War Skirmish (approx. 4.9 miles away); Old Stagecoach Stop (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail (approx. 7.8 miles away); The Forest Returns (approx. 8 miles away); The Trestle and the Highway (approx. 8.3 miles away).
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