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A panoramic photo of the Mineral Springs shows the hotel and restaurant at right, the bath house at left and the gazebo at center.

Therapeutic waters drew thousands to Kirkwood

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A circa-1892 plat map shows the Mineral Springs grounds in relation to the village of Kirkwood. It was located directly northwest of Center Grove Cemetery, which can also be seen on the map.
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A close-up view of the decorative gazebo, which doubled as a museum.
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Dr. Gilfillan used this portrait of himself in newspaper ads pitching his “Black Foot” medicine.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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