Healing Springs, located near Millry, AL, was a thriving resort in the early 1900s. Located at this site were 33 overflowing springs and the water from these springs was supposed to have “healing” powers. People from far away came by train and other means seeking cures to all types of ailments.
The healing powers of this spring water were supposedly discovered by an Indian chief many years ago before there were white settlers in the area. According to the story, the Indian chief had a sore on his leg that would not heal. He was cured after taking mineral sludge from the runoff at one of the springs and rubbing it on the sore. Since that time, there have been reports of miraculous healings of all kinds. Whether it is true or not, there are still many local residents who believe that this water has healing powers. They come regularly to collect water from the springs.
Today, all that remains at the Healing Springs site are three overflowing springs and the ruins of an old hotel. The springs are designated as being for different ailments. There is the Mound Spring which is for female diseases as well as dyspepsia, indigestion, stomach troubles, eczema, old sores and skin diseases. The Creek Spring is designated for kidney, bladder, urinary ailments, and Bright’s Disease. The Iron Spring is for instantaneous relief of chronic constipation, piles, chills and fevers.
The entrance to the old Healing Springs site is on the south side of Co. Rd. 34 approximately 1 1/2 miles west of downtown Millry, AL (GPS coordinates N31.632167,W88.336528). There is a gate at the entrance that is open to the public during daylight hours. The overflowing springs are located at the bottom of the hill approximately 200 yards beyond the entrance gate.
photos courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.org