Out & About—Who wants to drink brown water?

Out & About

My wise old grandmother told me that if I didn’t study history, I’d be doomed to repeat it. That seems to imply that all history is bad which, of course, it’s not. But since she was born during World War II, got married during the Great Depression, lived through World War II, had her oldest son serve in the Air Force during the Korean War, had her youngest son serve in the Army during the Vietnam War, I think I know what she was getting at.

I do love history, especially war history. It just boggles my mind how easily people on one side of an imaginary line are only too happy to kill people on the other side of an imaginary line.

My other favorite history specialty is ruins. For some reason I love old ruins. Makes me wonder what happened that caused something that was built to fall into neglect.

The mountains and desert of East San Diego County are full of ruins. Many of the old homesteads, resorts, and service buildings fell out of favor when they were bypassed by modern roads and highways.

On my January 2017 foray into East San Diego County, I found the ruins of Buckman Springs, known as Indian Springs during the 1870s and Emery Soda Springs during the 1880s. It was a small settlement on the road east from San Diego to Yuma AZ, and the mineral springs were well known throughout Southern California and were a common stop for mountain travelers.

From the 1870s to the late 1910s, it was home to the Buckman Springs Lithia Water bottling plant. Lithia Water was marketed as a table soda but was never successful because the water was discolored. I mean, who wants to drink brown water?

Ruins found in January 2017:

The Buckman House
Amos Buckman house

Amos Buckman house

Amos Buckman house

The 1880s bottling plant
Buckman Springs bottling plant

Spring-fed water tank
Buckman Springs spring-fed water tank

The 1912 bottling plant
1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

Best graffiti on the 1912 building
“Drinking brew and having fun
Cause we’re the Class of ’81”
1912 Buckman Springs bottling plant

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

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7 thoughts on “Out & About—Who wants to drink brown water?

  1. mvschulze

    Nice pics., nice ruins, and graffiti! I had a chance today to explore several Iron mines from the 1760’s to 1890’s, located here in N. Jersey. Probably do a post on this shortly. Meanwhile could you please tell Zoey, the Cool Cat, about this post, from today: http://wp.me/p37YEI-2qg Thanks,


  2. appletonavenue

    I love old ruins too! I like to look at the ruins in Europe. Many are for sale for the bold billionaire who wishes to rebuild a castle. But oh, so cool to study as you wonder what happened that the place was abandoned and when. History is so much more than the dates and names we had to memorize in school. No wonder kids hate history class.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Schools here in San Diego often have field trips, and they go everywhere, to the Zoo, SeaWorld, wastewater treatment plants, the mountains, Legoland. My schools in Texas were the ones where we sat in class and memorized dates, places, and names. It’s amazing that I still wound up loving history.

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  3. Pingback: Out & About—Old Highway 80 & the best. chocolate. ever. | Russel Ray Photos

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