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Volume 71

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FEBRUARY 2018

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The magician of metal
Cedar Hill sculptor carves a name in knives

10 Spreading safety
Cooperatives work in unison to make sure everyone gets home safe

14 Hall of the callers
Mound City museum honors legacy of waterfowling

16 A glimpse from the past
Scott County man renovates old country store

21 River of Life recovery

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Cooperation

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Perspectives

12

Eats

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Outdoors

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Recipes

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Events

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Neighbors

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Just4Kids

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Landscapes

Flood can't wash away Myron McKee's dream
photos by Jim McCarty

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f all the small-town city halls in Missouri, one of
the most beautiful and luxurious has to be the
one housing the city offices for Excelsior Springs.
Built in 1936-1937 at the then staggering cost of
$1 million, the building was intended for a far different
purpose. It was designed to be the most complete health
resort in the United States.
The Hall of Waters brought into one location 10 mineral
springs that patrons could sip for their health. Besides
the world's longest mineral bar, shown at left, it also
offered a health spa with separate bath facilities for men
and women that could care for 300 people at a time.
There was a competition-size swimming pool filled with
salt water and a pool for polio victims on the lower level.
Five varieties of mineral water were bottled on site and
shipped all over the world.
The Depression-era Public Works Administration built
the hall as project 5252, sparing no expense to make it a

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majestic place to relax and take in the waters.
The interior and exterior architecture features Art Deco
and Depression Modern styling, seen in the stone motifs
of Mayan water gods like the one on our cover, and in
ornate brass railings and elevator doors inside. The Art
Deco chandeliers and terrazzo floors are a source of great
pride for the western Missouri community of 11,000.
By the early 1960s the popularity of mineral water
baths had declined and the Hall of Waters was no longer
in operation. But you still can visit and learn about the
history and economic importance of mineral water in the
establishment of Excelsior Springs in 1880.
Visitor information, a cultural museum and a selfguiding walking tour are available. Besides the Hall of
Waters, the city is home to the historic Elms Hotel.
For more information about the Hall of Waters, call 816637-2811 or visit www.visitexcelsior.com.
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