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Entry from January 27, 2020
Saratoga: Queen of the Spas (nickname)

Saratoga Springs, New York, became popular in the 19th century for its natural mineral springs. Saratoga was frequently called the “Queen of the Spas” or “Queen of American Spas.”
“FROM SARATOGA. What Goes on at the Queen of the Spas” was printed in the Buffalo (NY) Commercial Advertiser on August 1, 1884. “Queen of the Spas” was printed in The Christian Advocate (New York, NY) on June 25, 1885.
“SARATOGA, The Queen of American Spas” was printed in The Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) in July 23, 1885. “We found Saratoga, the Queen of American Spas, more attractive than ever” was printed in the Central Presbyterian (Richmond, VA) on August 26, 1891. “‘Queen of American Spas.’ SARATOGA” was printed in an advertisement in the New-York (NY) Daily Tribune on June 3, 1902.
Wikipedia: Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Springs is a city in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 26,586 at the 2010 census. The name reflects the presence of mineral springs in the area, which has made Saratoga a popular resort destination for over 200 years.
Before racing began in Saratoga, the area’s natural mineral springs had been attracting wealth for many decades. The springs occur on a line where the north-south Saratoga Fault allows water trapped in subsurface shale layers to reach the surface.
Believed to have healing powers, springs can be found all over town. Most of the springs are covered by small pavilions and marked by plaques; others, however, are less conspicuous, sometimes just a spigot in a rock. The springs are famous for their varied and distinct tastes: some are clear freshwater, others are saltier, and some taste strongly of a certain mineral such as sodium bicarbonate or sodium chloride. There is a sulfur odor, but mineral analysis of the water consistently shows almost no presence of dissolved sulfur. The sulfur is in the form of the gas hydrogen sulfide, which degasses from the water very quickly. Visitors are welcome to bottle the spring water for personal consumption.
1 August 1884, Buffalo (NY) Commercial Advertiser, pg. 1, col. 4:
What Goes on at the Queen of the Spas.
25 June 1885, The Christian Advocate (New York, NY), pg. 3, col. 4:
The closing days of May and the opening days of June brought to this “Queen of the Spas” many distinguished ministers and laymen, and hundreds more of visiting Christian ladies.
23 July 1885, The Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), pg. 5, col. 5:
The Queen of American Spas.
5 September 1885,

(Port Huron, MI), pg. 7, col. 1:
Interesting Notes and Sketches from This, the Oldest of Summer Resorts—Its Marvelous Springs and Countless Other Attractions.
28 August 1887, Richmond (VA) Dispatch, “New York Letter,” pg. 8, co. 2:
Why a “Saratoga breeze” is hard to tell. That queen of the spas is not allied to AEolus.
26 August 1891, Central Presbyterian (Richmond, VA), “Saratoga Letter,” pg. 1, col. 1:
We found Saratoga, the Queen of American Spas, more attractive than ever.
Google Books
June 1892, Art in Advertising: An Illustrated Monthly for Business Men (New York, NY), “How I Would Advertise a Summer Resort” by F. G. Barry, pg. 116, col. 1:   
If my hotel was at Saratoga I would not use much of my space in describing the ” Queen of American Spas,” particularly if I was writing an advertisement for the Century, or any of the other high class magazines.
3 June 1902, New-York (NY) Daily Tribune, pg. 10, col. 3 ad:
“Queen of American Spas.”
Unrivalled in Attractions.
World-famed for its Medicinal Springs and Magnificent Hotels.
Google Books
New York, a Guide to the Empire State
By the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Pg. 307:
For mid-Victorian America, Saratoga was the “Queen of the Spas.”
OCLC WorldCat record
Saratoga, queen of the spas : a visit with the past.
Publisher: Schenectady, N.Y. : Parkway Classics, ©1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Grant Chronicles: Grant’s First Visit to “The Queen of American Spas”
Yesterday and today mark the anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s first visit to Saratoga Springs, NY on July 27-28th, 1865. Fresh from the victory at Appomattox Court House and with the Civil War dying down, Grant was still very busy with military matters in Washington. In fact he had to decline an invitation to attend 4th of July celebrations in Saratoga earlier in the month, only making a brief appearance at a flag ceremony in Albany that day before rushing back to Washington to attend to business.
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