Mineral Springs

Tour curated by: Napa County Library

Explore the rich history of mineral springs and their resorts in the Napa Valley.

Locations for Tour

In its heyday the resort at Aetna Springs was called an “Edenic Mecca,” a little slice of heaven on earth where the sick were healed and generations of Northern Californian’s came to while away long summer days in beautiful landscape.  The…

After the discovery of gold, 27 springs of mineral rich cold water about seven miles north of Napa City were claimed by Amos Buckman in 1855. By then, the indigenous residents of Napa had been exterminated by epidemics or displaced to Sonoma or Lake…

What would eventually become Walters Springs was discovered in the fall of 1871 by J. J. Walters. The land was purchased by a joint stock company but, a few years later, Walters was able to purchase the land he discovered in a joint venture with…

“People did not ask, ‘Where are you going this summer?’ It was White Sulphur Springs or nowhere.” Once Northern California’s premier resort, White Sulphur Springs was where San Francisco’s elite went to relax and escape the City’s…