Wednesday, February 2, 2011

West Baden Springs

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West Baden Springs
County - Orange
Township - French Lick
Area Total - 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Elevation - 479 ft (146 m)
Population (2000) Total - 618
Time zone - Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
ZIP code - 47469
Area code(s) - 812




The town now known as West Baden Springs, Indiana was first known as Mile Lick, named after the mineral springs located in the town. It was renamed West Baden Springs in 1888, taking its name from Weisbaden, Germany. West Baden Springs and nearby French Lick are a part of what is referred to as Springs Valley. The area was a magnet for wild life, which migrated to the area to lick the minerals which seeped from the ground.

The mineral springs became popular during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as both a place to bathe in the mineral waters, and as a tonic to be drunk for good health. The two towns grew around lavish resort hotels which catered to the rich and famous from all around the United States and the world. This lasted until the depression in the 1930's, which shut the resorts down. During this time the popular Monon Railroad connected West Baden Springs with Chicago and many other cities.

The opening of a gambling casino in 2006 caused a revival for West Baden Springs and French Lick.

The Indiana Railroad Museum Line still connects the town with French Lick and eventually Norfolk Southern to the south. US 150 just touches the northern edge of West Baden Springs, and Indiana State Road 56 bissects it on a north/south plane. Indiana State Road 145 connects West Baden Springs with Birdseye, Indiana to the southwest.

To access the attractions of West Baden Springs, click this link.

Uplands Wine Trail
French Lick Winery

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