Calistoga Natural Attractions: Calistoga Mineral Water
During the last half of the 19th century, health addicts and holidaymakers rode in carriages and stagecoaches from San Francisco to Calistoga to bask in the hot, fizzy waters of the mineral springs. Erupting from the ground with intense carbonation and more than sixty-five minerals said to be essential for good health, the water was bottled, beginning in 1924, by Calistoga Mineral Water.
To commemorate the founding of the Calistoga Mineral Water company and to have some fun, a larger-than-life sculpture was erected on the Trail near Calistoga. At six tons, 14 feet tall and 35 feet long, it is an oversized version of the 1926 truck that the company founder and his dog, Frankie, drove over narrow dirt roads to the California State Fair in Sacramento, where his water won gold medals year after year. Today, Calistoga Water is one of the most popular bottled waters in the world.
The article on this page is adapted from the book, Backroads of the California Wine Country by Karen Misuraca (www.karenmisuraca.com), published by Voyageur Press.