Peoria Mineral Springs Foundation
Recently Peoria Mineral Springs suffered significant damage to it's
over-flow system. This caused the water table to rise substantially
and one of the entrance walls to collapse.
We are currently seeking to form a not for profit corporation to
obtain professional and financial help to revive the springs
functionality. Working with City of Peoria, the Peoria historical community leaders and volunteers, our goal is to restore Peoria
Mineral Springs as a historic site, rich in history and importance, to
be preserved for posterity.
Contact: Tobias Traynor & Charles Traynor
This is the oldest historic site in the tri-county and perhaps the State of Illinois. The Spring dates to pre-history and the reservoir, brick and mortar, are circa 1834.
Ancient man believed free-flowing springs to be the blood of Mother
Earth. Ever since, he has been intrigued with it's mysteries.
The last glaciers left the Peoria valley some 14,500 years
ago, leaving free-flowing springs from the west bluff.
Peoria Mineral Springs provided natural spring water
by gravity flow, down to Hancock Street, nearly 2 miles away. Peoria's population increased to the point
that the spring could no longer support the demand. From the early 1850's several firms
claimed the label and bottled and sold the water.
These businesses went on for many years. Then the spring lay
dormant until the Traynor family purchased it and gave it new vitality.
In 1976 the Family opened the Spring to the public as a Bicentennial
event. Later it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places
and still claims that status.