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Magnetic Spring.

Magnetic Spring

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs' number one attraction at the dawn of the 20th century was Magnetic Spring. Its waters were said to cure drunkenness and drug addiction, which were big problems among the sick at that time, since many medicines were boosted with alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Also, any metal object placed in the spring supposedly became magnetized -- proof of the water's mysterious power.

Magnetic Spring.

Magnetic Spring was in such demand that in 1911 workmen were paid to dig 38 feet into the side of the mountain -- which is said to be the center of a magnetic vortex -- to open up a stronger stream of water.

The region's large poultry farms have made drinking from any of Eureka Springs' springs nowadays the opposite of healthful, since the water may contain harmful levels of minerals that leach out of chicken manure. But if you need to magnetize something, try going here.

Just don't swallow the water.

Magnetic Spring

Magnetic Drive, Eureka Springs, AR
From downtown drive north three-quarters of a mile on AR-23/Main St. Turn east at the Great Passion Play sign onto Magnetic Drive. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the small parking area for the Spring on the left.
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