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Tours through the Hall and Museum

Saturday was the final day that we offered tours through both the Hall of Waters and Museum here in Excelsior Springs. Our hopes were that those who had questions about what was being asked of with the Museum Tax would be answered. Here’s a pictorial walk through of both buildings.

The Hall of Waters is owned by the City, which spends $104,000 annually for utilities, insurance, minor repairs and custodial services. The Museum, owned by a non-profit, spends about $16,000 a year for the same.

Tourists are attracted to our town because we offer unique places and things to see and do. Our Main Street organization, Downtown Excelsior Partnership, reported that in 2017 more than 9,000 people came through our Visitor Center at the Hall of Waters.

Heritage Tourism grows our economy. Tourism is one of our critical industries. It supports our quality of life, as well as many jobs and businesses.

The City of Excelsior Springs prepared a Request for Proposal on the Hall of Waters in 2016 to seek a unique partnership for redevelopment. Discussion with the local towns people made it clear that they did not want the city to sell (or give away) the Hall of Waters for private use. It was important that it remain open to the public and owned by the public.

The Hall of Waters under city ownership enjoys tax support, or it would be just a memory. It competes for funding with all other tax supported city services, and usually does not win when there is need for an ambulance or many other things that cannot be postponed. The City has not raised taxes for general fund operations for over 40 years. Passage of this tax would establish a funding source that protects the building’s future and allows the general fund to fund city services.

Each yellow pin represents a well site in our downtown. There is no other place in the world that has as many mineral water well sites as Excelsior Springs.

This is damage that you can see from the flooding that has occurred over the years. There used to be a spiral stairway that led to the lower floor of the pool.

Hall of Waters goals as established by a Facilities Plan completed in 2016:

• Ensure the building is properly pressurized/ventilated to stop on-going deterioration

• Immediate need for making structural repairs to the building, estimated $1,170,000

• Leasable space, lighting, HVAC, ductwork, pumps, need in 2-5 years, estimated $3,445,000

• Exterior cleaning, windows, concrete, stonework, need in 2-5 years, estimated $2,886,000

• Leasable space, pool balcony, event space, lighting, windows, need in 10 years, estimated $4,180,000

• Siloam Spring Well Room, spa, needed in 10+ years, estimated $1,982,000

Total $13,663,000

The Museum, supported solely by membership and fundraising, believes the tax is necessary toward its works to preserve the historic bank building and adjoining hotel, which houses the documents of our history. The quality exhibits and educational programs are a labor of love from volunteers, there is no paid staff. The Maurer Foundation provides some support to the Museum, formed by Mary Katherine Dickson, who believed our collective history is our collective responsibility.

This is a drainage pipe that has recently busted, draining into one of the Museum’s rooms where items are being stored.



This is in the basement of the old Prichard’s funeral home where Bross and Spidle is now.

This is the second story of the old Francis Hotel, which sits next to the old Clay County Bank. The museum has been able to extend into that area, but the space above hasn’t been finished out to become a usable space again. If the tax were passed, this space could be built out to offer possible residence apartments, office space, and safe storage space for the Museum.




The floors on the Francis side of the Museum have become warped from moisture over the years.

Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives goals:

• Establish steady income to pay the bills

• Need a Curator to manage day-to-day operation

• Immediate need to repair walkway between buildings, estimated $30,000

• Facility plan for the building, recommendations for making the building last another 50 years

• Energy efficiency improvements, HVAC, LEDs, electrical, solar options

• Make the second floor useful as a potential revenue generator

• Improve displays

• Floor coverings

The assessed valuation in the city limits of Excelsior Springs is approximately $154 million. A 30-cent property tax levy per $100/AV will generate approximately $462,000 annually.

For more information, visit MuseumTax.com


For more stories on the Hall of Waters visit:

Hall of Waters Tour

Evening Walk Through the Hall of Waters


May your day be filled with peace, love, and gratitude.

Dear Courtney – Week of July 23rd


Questions I’ve Been Asked The Week of July 23rd

• Do I have any pictures or memories of the Flood of ’93?

Surprisingly, there don’t appear to be many photos documenting the devastation of the Flood of 1993. While all of us who experienced remember our memories of the event, it doesn’t appear as though many of us took pictures, like we would all do today. The Excelsior Springs Standard is working on a 25th anniversary special of the event. If you have memories or photos that you could contribute, I know they would be grateful.

• Where can I donate baby clothes?

There are a couple of places that you can donate any clothing or household items that you wish to give away. One is downtown on Broadway at the Good Samaritan Center’s thrift store Broadway Bargains. The other place you can donate items is Meet the Need out on Jesse James Road. Both places have the same hours of Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

• Who runs Meet the Need?

Meet the Need is managed by Kris Peoples who is their director.

• Water Main Break

In about a 5 minute span of time, I received over 20 messages asking why their water has been turned off. Checking in with the Public Works Director Chad Birdsong, he informed me that there had been a main break, that they had closed off the valve. He also told me that everyone’s water should be back on in a matter of minutes. He was right and most of the community appreciated knowing what was going on. Thanks to the City and Chad for working hard on the break so we didn’t have to have a boil order!

• Hours for Farmers Market

Every week I’m asked multiple times if there is a Farmers Market this year. I think much of the confusion has come from changing locations for the market from the downtown to the new Community Center on Tiger Drive. For anyone wanting detailed information about the market this year, visit their Facebook event page by clicking here. They’re holding them twice a month on Saturdays starting at 8:00am.

• Schedule a watch party for upcoming elections

With the primary and general election on its way, I’ve been asked to help organize watch parties for those locally wanting to get together to see the results. This is still on my to do list to take care of. If you have any ideas of good places, let me know!

The Excelsior Springs Standard has put together an Election Guide that’s online! Click here to view!

• Best place to take school supplies that you want to donate

If you have school supply donations that you want to give to our local schools, the best thing to do would be to contact our district’s Social Worker Kim Curtis at 816-365-0350 at the Excelsior Springs Middle School. She’s organizing the Back to School Resource Fair that will take place on August 6th from 4pm to 6pm at the middle school.

• What’s going on downtown on Broadway?

There was a gas leak that happened downtown thanks to a lawn mower near the Good Samaritan Center and the Excelsior Springs School District offices that resulted in evacuations of the areas and the streets being closed for a while. Click here for more information from the Excelsior Springs Standard.

• What shops are open downtown on Sundays?

Your choices are limited when it comes to downtown stores being open on Sundays, however, you’re not completely out of luck when it comes to places to eat! Debbie’s Family Restaurant, Bobkorn Popcorn, The Mug, Willow Spring Mercantile, Wabash Barbecue, Mill Inn Restaurant, and The 88 at The Elms are some good options that are open!

For shops, be sure to check out Main Spring Gallery, Bohemiam Sage Gallery, and the Hall of Waters Visitor’s Center and Museum.

• Will I help with the alumni association newsletter?

Because I’ve just changed jobs, leaving the Educational Foundation to go to the Job Corps Center, some folks have been reaching out to see if I will continue to help with the things that I was doing. This is one of them! And yes, I will be continuing to help the alumni association for whatever they need. If you have submissions that you would like to make for the next alumni newsletter, please send the information/pictures to info@essdfoundation.com

• Could I help in getting volunteers for Christmas Kickoff celebrations?

Our local Christmas Committee is so committed to us having a great celebration each year. They work year round repairing light fixtures, organizing materials for the Elf Factory, recruiting local families to open their homes for the Christmas tour, and scheduling activities with other organizations, like the Lane of Lights and Trolley tours. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please let me know so I can put you in touch!

• Could I help get volunteers needed to help a local, disabled man move?

There’s a local, disabled man who is unable to lift items for him to move. We are meeting this Tuesday, July 31st at 12:30pm in the parking lot of the Early Childhood Center on Line Street to help him move. If you can give some time, please join us!

• Do I know of anyone who could train 20 employees of a local business in CPR? 

I’m currently looking for someone who might be able to come in and train a business and their employees on how to do CPR. Please keep in mind the Fall classes that are being offered by our Excelsior Springs Area Career Center. They’re taking early enrollment and have opportunities to get certifications of all kind. Click here for more information.

Leave any questions that you might have in the comments below and I will work on getting you an answer! 


For more of my stories on Excelsior Springs, visit:

7 Interesting Facts about Excelsior Springs

5 Places to Volunteer in Excelsior Springs

5 More Places to Volunteer in Excelsior Springs


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