Creator: Stafford Mineral Springs and Hotel Company
Collection Number: M467
Title: Stafford Mineral Springs Water Pamphlets
Dates: ca. 1893, 1898
Copyright:This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).
Abstract: The collection contains two pamphlets published by the Stafford Mineral Springs and Hotel Company in New Orleans advertising their spring water from near Vossburg, Mississippi.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Confederate veteran Edward W. Stafford settled near the town of Vossburg, Mississippi, and discovered that a group of Choctaw, who had evaded deportation to the reservations in Oklahoma, often took their sick or wounded to a mineral springs in his pasture. The Choctaw called the springs “Bogohama” (“Water of Life”), and after word spread of the water’s curative powers, a group of capitalists formed the Stafford Mineral Springs and Hotel Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 19, 1892. The bottling works began to produce two railcars of bottled water per day in 1893, and the hotel opened in 1899. Travelers from across the country came to Vossburg to visit the springs, and Stafford Mineral Springs Water was sold throughout the nation.
In 1918, the company’s original shareholders sold the company, and during the Great Depression, visitors stopped coming to the springs. In the 1950s, the site of the springs was converted into a motel and then a dude ranch in the 1960s. Commercial investments in the Stafford Springs ceased during the 1980s, and the area is now residential.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains two advertising pamphlets from the Stafford Mineral Springs and Hotel Company, one circa 1893, the other circa 1898. The 1893 pamphlet features the company’s red heart trademark with the words “The Bo-go-ha-ma of the Indian” and the prominent question: “Will it be asking too much to beg permission to save your life?” The 1898 pamphlet states of the water, “It has no equal in the known world.”
Both pamphlets include testimonies of doctors verifying the water’s curative properties and mention Presidents Cleveland and McKinley in their advertisements.
Medicine--United States--History--19th century.
Mineral water industry--United States.
M448 Southern Tourism Collection
Provenance: Donated by Diane Ross on August 21, 2004.
Restrictions on Use: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Preferred Citation Method: Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.
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