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September 6, 1861: Fremont

September 6, 2011

Warm Springs

Mission Peak trailhead, Fremont (approximate location of hot springs visited by Brewer); by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 50

[Today we] visited some noted hot springs near. These have quite a reputation for the cure of sundry diseases, and the houses, grounds, etc., are better fitted up for comfort and luxury than any of the mineral springs we have before seen here. The water is somewhat sulphury, contains various salts in solution and has a warm temperature. There are five principal springs, with temperatures varying from 87° F. to 95 1/2° F. The baths are really luxurious.

Specimens collected: Polygonum lapathifolium; Petunia parviflora; Polygonum punctatum; Marrubium vulgare.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2011 8:52 am

    Just think. Fremont could have been the Calistoga of the East Bay. I continue enjoying your posts. If you would ever like to use any of my photos, please let me know. I would be happy to contribute.

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    September 7, 2011 8:02 am

    Yeah, it makes me wonder what happened–whether the springs ran dry, or just went out of fashion…

    Thanks for the offer! That would be great. I’ll send an e-mail shortly.

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