by Meredith Biesinger, Our Mississippi Home
Historic Mineral Springs Park in Iuka has a history of healing…from its waters.
In the early 1800s, Chief Iuka of the Chickasaw had been suffering from chronic ailments for many years, his tribal healers unable to help him, when he heard of the magical healing waters. Carried by his followers to the springs, the chief drank the waters and quickly regained his health. He moved his family to the area and never left. His experience was well-known to people up and down the valley.
By 1840, there was a substantial settlement of pioneers who followed the lead of Chief Iuka, and a town was born. The Memphis and Charleston Railroads came through the area in 1856. This movement was highly influenced by the popularity of Mineral Springs Park.
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