04-05-2011, 03:05 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Blount Springs, AL
The hotel and spa flourished for several years. Colonel J.F.B. Jackson sold his hotel to a couple of wealthy industrialists from Birmingham.
The Sloss brothers purchased the hotel in 1887.
They operated Sloss Furnace.
Additional information on Sloss can be found at
They quickly began to pump some of their tremendous fortune into the hotel.
Adding new bathhouses
Hiring a new landscape architect
Piped water to the hotel directly from the springs
Hiring a French chef
Adding an indoor billiard parlor and bowling alley at the spring yard
Setting up slot machines, roulette tables and numerous card games in the basement
A brass band would welcome guests as they exited the train
Wooden boardwalks built as pathways to the spring yard
Blount Springs was thriving and became a place to see and be seen.
The experts proclaimed the area to be one of the healthiest places in the country to live.
It gained the name the “Saratoga Of the South”.
I found this interesting article from 1910 in the L&N Summer Outings Magazine.
Many of the wealthy patrons fell in love with the area and built summer cottages in Blount Springs.
Still more interesting places to discover around the area later.