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Unidentified Photographer

[Submersion baptism, Waconda Springs, Kansas]

Date 1920
Location Waconda Springs Kansas United States
Dimensions Image: 3 1/8 x 5 1/16 in. (7.9 x 12.9 cm)
Paper: 3 1/2 x 5 9/16 in. (8.9 x 14.1 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Waconda Springs, an artesian spring located between Glen Elder and Cawker City, Kansas, was believed to have curative powers by local Native Americans (in the language of the Kanza, Wakonda means "great spirit") and later Caucasian settlers, who established a luxury hotel on the site in 1884. It became the Waconda Springs Health Resort and Sanitarium in 1906 under the direction of Dr. G. P. Abrahams. The swimming pool, which contained spring water, was constructed in 1910; according to locals, it was used infrequently for baptisms. After twenty-four years of debate, the Solomon River was dammed in 1968, flooding Waconda Springs with the water of the newly created Waconda Lake.

Credit line

Gift of Janna Rosenkranz and Jim Linderman, 2007

Feedback Accession No. 2007.107.185