Gazebo and Brook, Buffalo Springs

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Gazebo and Brook, Buffalo Springs
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In 1728, William Byrd II was probably the first white man to visit what was to be known as Buffalo Springs (in Mecklenburg County, Virginia). A tavern opened here in 1817, and by 1839 a small resort was established. Thomas Goode purchased the land in 1974 and thereby made his fortune. In addition to promoting the resort, he sold the lithium (lithia) rich water. “Buffalo Lithia Water” was bottled and sold in up to 20,000 outlets in North America and Europe. The resort, popular with residents of Virginia and North Carolina, continued to grow with the addition of tennis courts, golf course, bowling alley, horseback riding, boat rides and live music for dancing. However, the fate of Buffalo Springs was changed in 1906 by the Pure Food and Drug Act, which shut down many unscrupulous makers of patent medicine. Even though the water, under the name Buffalo Mineral Water, continued to be sold until 1949, the basic death blow had been dealt by governmental action in 1914. It was determined lithium didn’t have the beneficial effects claimed, that one would have to drink 150,000-225,000 gallons of lithium rich water to achieve any therapeutic effects.

In 1949 the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers bought the land for the John H. Kerr Reservoir and auctioned off the buildings. All that exists at the site today is a gazebo over the spot of the springs, an open tap, picnic tables and restroom facilities. I don’t know anything about the brook that cuts through the location. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Incidentally, the water is cool and quite tasty!

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Mallard not afraid of the Giant Octopus
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"Big Jim" Sidwell worked at his family’s furniture business in Murfreesboro, TN. He was looking for an outlet for his creativity when he and his family visiited Goofy Golf on a vaction to Florida. In his backyard, he built a large dnosaur out of wood and wire mesh, and then another and another.

In 1961, he opened Jolly Golf in Gatlinburg with many of his creations. He went on to build more mini golf parks in Daytona, Marietta and Lake of the Ozarks. When other attractions which also wanted his dinosaurs came calling, he started a fiberglass dinosaur factory in Murfreesboro. In the late 70’s his tourist attraction vision expanded to a theme park in Pigeon Forge called Magic World.

At the gateway of the smokies, tourist attractions come and go, but one of the Sidwell family’s parks is still open. Pigeon Forge exploded in popularity once Gatlinburg couldn’t expand anymore. Adventure Golf along US441 looks like it remains popular after all these years. It has a charm I like that many oif the newer large corporate parks don’t have.

There’s a large Dinosaur by the entrance and a shark in the pond right by the 18h hole. Perhaps the most noticable thing is the oversized octopus in another pond and one of its many tentacles is raised up in the air!

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