Wizard Wells

Wizard Wells courts

As cuz and I returned from the Gibtown Cemetery where we were researching headstones for the Rogers side of the family, I impulsively said I wanted to detour through Wizard Wells.  I accurately speculated that it might have been one of the “tourist” locations for mineral water bathing and drinking.  Wizard Wells was originally named Vineyard, after George Washington Vineyard who established his home there in the 1880s.  When he dug a well, he discovered the high mineral content of the water made it relatively undrinkable taste-wise, but in bathing in it, he reported his leg ulcers were cured.  Word spread and people began to show up at his door.

In 1914, the Wizard Wells Health Resort Co. was chartered with a capital stock of $6,000 by investors James Odell, H. F. Stamper, and W. C. Stamper, and the certificate of dissolution was issue in 1916.  A number of businesses sprang up around the mineral water’s alleged healing properties, including the Crystal Hotel, the Mountain View Hotel, and this rock-veneer tourist court.  Between the 1920s and 1940s, population was around 175, and estimated at 70 in 2000.

Pulling off to read the historical marker, we were entranced by the treehouse (possibly the base is the remains of a water tower?) and the labyrinth.  The labyrinth contained a variety of colors of crystal stones, and seemed to include the symbols of several religions within the paths.

A search located the names of both the Center of Divine Light and the Whispering Waters Spiritual Retreat.  The house is also listed on Airbnb with photographs of the rooms and common areas.  The proprietor described himself as a Hippie, which seemed fairly obvious from the eclectic array of elements.

While we at first thought it was just a roadside historical marker in front of what we presumed to be mid 1930s tourist courts, it soon became obvious we were on private property and thus, we ventured no further.  However, the place is beautiful, and peaceful–even in the very hot afternoon Texas sun.  While I do not see myself being adventurous enough to engage a room there, it is apparently also available for retreats and other group meets.  The “pseudo-hippie” girl of my adolescence would go; the mature seeker of peace in my old age will not.

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8 Responses to Wizard Wells

  1. Beth says:

    Awesome find! I had to laugh at the “closed for private party sign” – must be one whopper of a party because it appears to have been going for a while.


    • Suzassippi says:

      That made me laugh! I could not find anything about the rock building that appeared to be tourist courts. 😦

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kevin R Leech says:

      actually it was my attempt to cover a broken window . I’m all about renew and reuse, my window was broken and i had these two plastic signs left over from a time before i ever arrived. I’m Kevin , I’ve lived here for almost 19 years, have renovated and spent most of my time creating this place to be a place for myself and others to come and just be. It has been an attempt to show others what can be done with little to no money ,yet with a lot of WANT TO and SWEAT EQUITY. You can visit , we are kind and loving youmans, Thanks for dropping by.


      • Suzassippi says:

        Thank you, Kevin, for clarifying. Cuz and I agreed it was a beautiful place to be. I appreciate your renew and reuse. My father was a child of the Great Depression and I grew up with that mindset.


  2. Sheryl says:

    What a fascinating place! I can almost picture people coming there for the health benefits years ago.


    • Suzassippi says:

      There were several in the area here, most famous was Mineral Wells and the “Crazy Water.” Stovall Hot Wells was near here also. When I was a child, folks were still going to check in at the Stovall Hot Wells to “take the baths.”


  3. janebye says:

    Oh, my, I love it! Let’s go….made me think of taking students to Peace Farm. 🙂


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