Houston's Miracle Water building.
Where the drippy, tasty magic happens.

Houston's Miracle Water: Angel-Approved

Field review by the editors.

New Market, Tennessee

In 1931 a doctor informed Bill A. Houston that his ailing kidneys were about to kill him.

Fountain and honor system.
A cage protects the pump. Water fountain provides free samples. News clippings on the walls: this water is important!

Supernatural forces told Bill something completely different.

Bill was sitting at home, he later recalled, when he had a vision. He was told by either an angel or a mysterious voice (accounts vary) to walk out his door to a specific spot near his house, mark it with a stick, and then drill a well exactly 252 feet deep. The water from that well, he was assured, would cure him.

Bill's neighbors thought he was nuts. The man Bill hired to drill the well struck water at 90 feet, then at 160 feet. Bill told him to seal off that water and keep drilling. At 252 feet the well struck water again, just as Bill said it would. Bill drank the water. A few weeks later his baffled doctor told him he was cured.

Bill wanted to share his miracle water with the world. He installed a pump, surrounded it with a concrete well house, and bottled and sold the water as "healing." Testimonials from grateful guzzlers said that the water worked wonders for gallstones, diabetes, eczema, bad blood pressure, anemia, acne, ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism. Some even said that the water healed their sick pets.

W. A. Houston at the well.
Bill A. Houston and his miraculous mineral well.

In 1945 the government told Bill he could no longer advertise his water as healing. Mail-order sales slumped, then stopped. But people were still drinking the water; they were simply coming in person to get it. In the early 1980s Bill's grandson, Bill C. Houston, restored the well house, and still keeps it and the surrounding grounds looking pretty much as they did in 1931.

We were surprised by the steady stream of customers arriving at the well. You bring your own bottles and take as much as you like, dropping 50 cents per gallon into a metal box (It's an honor system). One woman said that the water helped her father with bladder problems. A man told us that it helped his kidneys. Another man said he drank it for the taste, but if it healed him he was fine with that.

The water is tested and analyzed several times a year. It's free of chemicals, and high in what Bill C. has called "an oddball mixture of minerals." Its popularity has risen as part of the healthy (but not healing) foods movement. Bill C. recommends that purchasers use glass bottles; the water, he says, loses its good taste in plastic.

Bill A. Houston lived 22 healthy years drinking his miraculous water. He eventually died, but only after he accidentally whacked himself in the head with a crowbar.

Also see: Water: Wonder Temples and Miracle Springs

Houston's Miracle Water: Angel-Approved

Houston's Mineral Water

1005 W. Old AJ Highway, New Market, TN
From US Hwy 11E/Andrew Johnson Hwy, turn south at the stoplight onto Churchview St. Drive past the church to the T in the road. Turn right onto Old AJ Hwy. You'll see the sign for Houston's on the left. Park behind the building. Bring clean containers.
Daily 8-8 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Pay by honor system.
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