Are you wanting to get involved and aren’t sure where to start here in Excelsior Springs? I get asked quite a bit how to get involved and who to contact. That’s why I’ve put together my Top 5 organizations that could use help consistently throughout they year in one blog post for you to reference! Thanks for your interest in getting involved! There can never be enough volunteers, it seems!
One of my favorite things to do is go on walks with my family in the evening through our downtown. I grew up in the downtown right on 10 Highway and have seen the dramatic changes that it has brought about in recent years.
Much of this is thanks to the businesses in the downtown coming together to form the Downtown Excelsior Partnership (DEP) that offers beautification, signage, and events each month in the downtown.
On every Second Friday of the month, you will find lots of fun things happening in each shop downtown in the evenings. Everyone extends their hours to 9:00pm and usually have live music, featured artists in studios, and sometimes a band in the pocket park during warmer seasons.
When I was growing up, almost all the business fronts were vacant. Now there are multiple restaurants, specialty popcorn, tattoo parlor, event venues, art studios, antique shops, a soap shop, clothing boutiques, fine jewelry store, and more!
If you’re interested in learning more about the downtown and for a full calendar of events throughout the year, click here to go to our community’s website visitexcelsior.com.
Here in Excelsior Springs, we are in the Path of Totality for the historic Solar Eclipse coming up on August 21st! To celebrate, we are having a Solar Eclipse Festival downtown on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21! Fortunately, this happens to fall on the same weekend as our BBQ Festival that starts on Friday, so we will be have four days filled with fun going on in our downtown during this time. Click here for more information on the festival!
Our Excelsior Springs Post Office is excited about getting involved in the event and has ordered a special cancellation stamp to be made to coincide with our efforts. My husband, S. Jason Cole, did the design, which is featured below:
Recently, we met with the Excelsior Springs Post Office, who has told us that the thermal effect stamps they just got in sold out in a heartbeat! They’ve ordered more and will have them available closer to the event date of August 20 and 21! They also plan to be at our festival and want to give it their support. They will have a booth there where they’ll be stamping the above image throughout that Monday!
I had never been behind the counter of the post office, let alone into the post master’s office and sorting area! I took some pictures to document the occasion for you.
Here’s a work area where they sort all the mail into address order before loading into their postal bags.
When I was in college I delivered all the mail for my residence hall. I can remember pulling the shelving unit away from the wall, loading all the mail, and then pushing it back against the wall, locking it. I always liked that job.
When friends come to visit we like to take them downtown and show off the things we love about living here.
Here are seven interesting facts about our history here in Excelsior Springs, through the Hall of Waters building:
At its height, the Hall of Waters was the most completely outfitted health resort in the state and possible the region. Waters of ten main springs were piped into the longest mineral water bar in the world.
There are more groupings of mineral water in Excelsior Springs than anywhere else in the world.
The interior and exterior decoration incorporates Art Deco and Depression Modern styling with motifs of Mayan Indian tradition relating to water and Water Gods.
At the height of its popularity, over 10,000 people a day visited the Hall of Waters.
One of the most outstanding exterior features of the building is the decorative boiler stack tower for the original coal fired boilers, rising about 63 feet above the main roof.
Known as the ‘Great Bathing Pool’ the swimming pool in the basement was filled with saline water from the White Sulphur Saline spring.
Siloam Spring was the first of the mineral waters discovered in Excelsior Springs. It is the only natural supply of ferro-manganese mineral water in the United States and one of only five known worldwide.
Special thanks to Sonya Morgan for her time in research and providing this information.