One of my favorite topics of our past history is the wonderful story of The Crittenden Springs and Hotel. This interesting little article and picture appeared in a special 1902 Illustrated Edition of The Crittenden Press. (used with permission). This special edition was promoting the fluor spar and mineral industry in our county and some other important points of interest at the time.
I day dream of what it was like to stay at this wonderful place and enjoy the beauty of the Hotel and the scenic countryside when it was at its height of popularity in the early 1900's.
A lordly old style, four-storied, veranda bound, Southern hostelry. A bounteous Kentucky hospitality, lavishly bestowed on the guests at that delightful Crittenden Spring hotel.
Great big waxed floors for the promenade, the musicals, the dance or social parties.
Forests of oak and maple and sycamores cover the great area of land comprising the estate. Situated on a plateau overlooking a beautiful valley, with the grand views of the forest, the mountain and the mineral mines.
A spring of health giving water, sparkling as with diamonds.
Melancholy gives way to laughter, crutches to dancing, plainness to beauty. It is a life giving spring.
Special traveling rates are made from all stations on the Illinois Central Railroad to the welcoming, open doors of the hotel.
Hotel rates are more than moderate. The address is Mr. John Wilson, Marion, Kentucky
( I would like to book mine today, please)