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1910s: Mudbaden Sulphur Springs Company

Location: Scott Co. Hwy. 63, Sand Creek Township, Scott County
Built: 1915
Developer: Ole Rosendahl
Listed on NRHP: April 17, 1980

Mudbaden Sulphur Springs was discovered at the turn of the last century on land owned by Ole Rosendahl, a Minneapolis millwright who lived in Scott County. Rosendahl turned his home there into a spa resort, attracting both vacationers and patients.

Mudbaden's sulfur-rich springs and mud were touted as treatments for ailments from rheumatism and high blood pressure to liver disease and gout. A promotional pamphlet from the 1920s claimed that “nearly 1,000 Minneapolitans, among them priests, clergymen, rabbis, members of the exclusive clubs, the great mass of members of ‘the great out doors' club, financiers, laborers, professors and mechanics…visit this curative resort every year.”

By 1915 Rosendahl's successors at the Mudbaden Sulphur Springs Company had replaced the original spa building with this two-story brick structure in the Classical Revival style. Designed in a traditional plan for early 20th-century health institutions, the building has a central section flanked by long narrow wings. Today the spa serves as an extended care facility.

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