Saturday, August 15, 2009

Old Photo: Newburg

Newburg was a thriving boom-town during the 1870s and 1880s. The feature drawing folks to this area was the "medicine springs", where people traveled from afar to bathe in and drink the healing waters. There were hotels, spas, and several businesses. In his autobiography, My Life, De Emmett Bradshaw states that there were at least four lumber mills operating almost continuously to keep-up with the demand for lumber by those building in the area.

You may enjoy this short biography of William D. Chase, a merchant and miller who plied his trade here guring the town's heydey, 1877-1886.



Special thanks to Mayor Mike Cone of Melbourne who received this photo recently and allowed us to photograph it.

Note - We've recently been in touch with an individual who has a lot of knowledge about the history of Newburg and intend to plan a visit to the area with him in the Autumn.

1 comment:

Randy Williams said...

The link is broken: http://files.usgwarchives.org/ar/fulton/bios/chasewd.txt