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This area has long been home to passerby, with Native Americans and early trappers first using the site for its relaxing and supposedly curative powers. When German immigrant, Richard C. Heise, heard the tales of healing waters, he went to the area to investigate in 1894. Heise liked the area so much that he homesteaded on the land, spending his entire life trying to develop the springs into a popular resort destination. After Richard’s death, his daughter, Bertha Gavin, continued his work, and the construction of modern roads to the site further increased the area’s popularity.

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