November 28, 2020
Hygeia Spring in Big Bend, Wisconsin just off Highway 164 along Historic Highway 24 and the Janesville Plank Road

Springs, Health, and the Great Pipeline Battle of 1893: New STT Podcast focuses on Waukesha’s colorful water history

Hygeia Spring in Big Bend, Wisconsin just off Highway 164 along Historic Highway 24 and the Janesville Plank Road
The main spring is in a building a few hundred feet away, but you are welcome to help yourself at this spot to some of the purest spring water in the world from these pipes at Hygeia Spring in Big Bend.

In the late 19th century, Waukesha had a reputation for healthy mineral springs. In fact, they drew visitors from around the country who would come to drink and bathe in its waters to cure ailments and promote overall health and wellness. One such draw was James McElroy, who arrived in Waukesha in 1891 and wanted to build a pipeline all the way to Chicago to serve a thirsty city pure Waukesha water at the World’s Columbian Exposition for 1893. He eventually succeeded – sort of – after contentious situations that we now called the Great Pipeline Battle. Read more about Hygeia Spring here on StateTrunkTour.com, and then listen to the colorful story of it all, with guest John Schoenknecht of the Waukesha County Historical Society, in this episode of the State Trunk Tour Podcast:

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Hygeia Spring in Big Bend, Wisconsin just off Highway 164 along Historic Highway 24 and the Janesville Plank Road

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