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Mountain Springs Hotel
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created by PAexplorations on 3/8/2006 6:56 PM
last modified by PAexplorations on 3/8/2006 7:10 PM
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Mountain Springs Hotel on Main Street in Ephrata has been a historica landmark in the community for nearly 100 years. It was the location of the first Ephrata Hospital. Later, it became a respite for the wealthy, who benefited from the hotel’s mineral springs. After the hotel’s intended uses were abandoned, it became a haven for runaways and troublemakers as well as becoming known as the haunted hotel on the hill.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
United States
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     Interesting Features
    The Mountain Springs had, at the time of its establishment, an observatory 60 ft. high and 1,250 ft. above tidewater.

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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1848
    Closed: 198
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    The earliest medical institution, preceding the actual Ephrata Community Hospital, was the Stephan Memorial Hospital, organized by a spiritualist group, Camp Silver Belle. The group met the Ephrata couple, Mr. and Mrs. John Stephan, in Florida in the early 1930's, and together with them bought property in town, the Ephrata Park. This place they used for their meetings, conferences, services, and vacations. Around 1935 the local American Legion Post 429 bought the park property from the group, which in turn bought the whole Mountain Springs Hotel property from the Von Neida family, moving their business and other activities there. The old hotel had been a summer resort and spa of sorts from about the time of the Civil War well into the beginning of this century. But by the 1920's it had decayed as a resort and had no business at all at the time of the Camp Silver Belle purchase. As early as 1918, so stated the Ephrata Review on May 31, 1958, tentative plans were spoken of for a hospital to meet the needs of the people of northern Lancaster County. The Lancaster city hospitals were rather far removed, considering the means of transportation then available, and were difficult for patients to travel to. But an Ephrata location could be central to serving the needs of the people of Murrell, Hinkletown, Hahnstown, Bowmansville, Red Run, Cocalico, Blainsport, Adamstown, Swartzville, Denver, Reamstown, Stevens, New Holland, Terre Hill, Martindale, Schoeneck, Durlach, Hope- land, Clay, Brickerville, Brunnerville, Lincoln, Millway, Rothsville, Akron, Lititz, Brownstown, Talmage, Farmersville, Voganville, Bar'eville, Leola, and others.

    Then, on June 20, 1937, the Silver Belle publication Spiritual Truth announced that the Camp was establishing the Stephan Memorial Hospital at the old Mountain Springs Hotel. The group was dedicating the hospital to the Stephans, who had since died. The hospital occupied that portion of the hotel known as the mansion, once the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Von Neida, who had operated the resort before its sale to the spiritualists, who actually manned the newly set up hospital. The place was supervised by Mr. Henry Munch, with Mrs. Munch as assistant and director of nursing. At the dedication the nursing staff consisted of Laura Shirk of Ephrata and Mary Einwechter of Audubon, New Jersey. The hospital was declared a non-profit organization, all monies accrued beyond actual running expenses to be put back into the institution in the form of buildings and equipment. Future plans in 1937 called for a hospital of brick or concrete block facing Spring Garden Street.
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    The Mountain Springs was still occupied in the 1980s, but by the end of the decade the building was vacant and physical deterioration was increasing. The contents of the hotel were sold at auction in 1991. Over the past five years a number of reuse proposals have been considered and rejected. A July 1992 proposal planned to subdivide 8.3 acres of the property for development, to reuse the frame hotel building, but to demolish some of the oldest structures on the property. To date, no action has been taken on the proposal and the property continues to deteriorate.
     Future Plans
    Mountain Springs Hotel/Hampton Inn-- The Mountain Springs Hotel, unoccupied for a long period of time, was torn down in 2004 and, as of March 2005, is currently being rebuilt as a completely new building. A small portion of the original building will be preserved and likely used as a museum.

    The EEDC spearheaded the redevelopment of the Mountain Springs Hotel Site Project, where a "Hampton Inn" and an "Applebee's is now located and the former Sprecher’s Hardware Store, which now houses “Celebrations”.

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    Mountain Springs 2003-2004
    Wed, Mar 8th, 2006
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/3/2006 11:36 PM.

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