The Therapeutic Mineral Water that surfaces at the front gate of Garland has always been the central attraction on the property. When the resort was originally built the mineral water was pumped into the olympic-sized pool at the side of the lodge. Since the water surfaces at around 68 degrees it was then circulated through a wood-fired boiler in the basement of the lodge to reheat it to warm bath temperatures for therapeutic soaking in the pool.
The 25-million gallons of high quality mineral water is not typical bottled “drinking water”, but is a high-mineral-content water for ingestion in small quantities. The water is nearly clear, has a neutral PH between 6.3 and 6.5, has no odor and has a nearly undetectable taste. It is so mineral laden that one can only comfortably drink 4 to 6 ounces per day. Anecdotal reports exist of rapid recovery from drinking the mineral water after suspected food poisoning. Numerous cases of significant psoriasis reduction after soaking in the mineral-water, have been observed.
The rust-colored mineral-mud precipitate from the water has been consistently demonstrated to kill infections when applied to the skin or open wounds. This phenomenon was first observed by Native Americans hunting in the area, and led to the 1930s spa development. Recent studies indicate that mineral mud like that found at the Garland site have significant antibacterial properties.