By Kyle Boaz
Editor’s note: Information for this article was obtained from People, Places and Pikers regarding the history of Mineral Springs Sanitarium and Hospital.
On Friday, June 8, two donations were made to honor a unique hospital that no longer stands in Louisiana.
The Buchholz family of Lois Ann (Currie), David, Paulette (Powelson) and Rose Marie donated a piece of art done by John Stoeckley to the Louisiana Area Historical Museum and the Louisiana Public Library to honor and remember the Mineral Springs Sanitarium and Hospital, where the family was born.
Lois Ann was born at Mineral Springs in September 1954 with Paulette and Rose Marie being born in October 1949 and December 1950, respectively.
Mineral Springs opened in December 1931 at 220 North Fifth Street by Dr. George L. Bilyea, who ran the hospital for 44 years.
What set this hospital apart from most was its focus on the ancient practice of mineral baths that used water from a mineral well in the front of the building.
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