The Snyder Sanitarium wasn’t the only health resort in Glen Rose’s history. Thanks to its famous mineral-laden water, which was thought to have healing properties, the town boasted numerous such facilities during the “mystic healing” heyday, from around 1910 through the 1930s. Author Gene Fowler covers these sanitariums as well as other fascinating Glen Rose history in his book Glen Rose, co-written with the Somervell County Historical Commission (Arcadia Publishing, 2001).
For more information about the sanitarium scene in Glen Rose and throughout Texas, read Fowler’s previous books Crazy Water: The Story of Mineral Wells and Other Texas Health Resorts (Texas Christian University Press, 1991) and Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows: Blazing Trails to Wellness in the Old West and Beyond (Ancient City Press, 1997).
From the March 2012 issue.