Buckman Springs

Buckman Springs, also known as Soda Springs, was named for Amos Buckman. Buckman was originally from Massachusetts, but spent time in Napa Valley (where he owned the Napa Soda Springs) before moving his family to San Diego County in 1871. On September 27, 1881, Buckman acquired a 180-acre homestead and began bottling and selling water from the spring. "Buckman Springs Lithia Water" was naturally carbonated and high in iron, lithium, and other minerals. Buckman established a campground with plans for a resort and spa, but due to failing health and his subsequent death in 1898 these plans never materialized. In addition, the iron content caused the water to be discolored and left an orange residue on bottles, which didn't help sales. Nevertheless, water continued to be bottled and sold by Buckman's daughter Winifred until her passing in 1946. Its location on Highway 80 kept Buckman Springs alive as one of the few places to get radiator water while crossing the mountains of San Diego County, but after being bypassed by Interstate 8 it quietly faded. Today, only a few ruins remain.

I Visited Buckman Springs
4.9.2018

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