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May 30, 2011

Hall Of Waters And Ray’s Lunch

By RetroRuth

I am pleased to finally bring you MORE of our recent road trip to Texas!  These pics are from Excelsior Springs, MO, which we drove through very, very briefly.

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Sadly, we didn’t drive fast enough to get there in time to actually enjoy Excelsior Springs. By the time we got there, everything was…

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But, that’s okay.  We were still able to get some pictures by pressing our cameras and faces up against the windows like Ralphie does to Goldblatt’s department store in Christmas Story.

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This is the Hall of Waters, which was built in 1937.  IMG_4683

According to the Excelsior Springs website, the Hall was originally intended to be a tourist attraction, spa and bottling plant for the waters that came out of the mineral springs in the area.

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The interior of the building and a lot of the decorative accents on the outside look almost Aztec or Mayan, which I found to be really cool.

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Today the Hall functions as a spa, a bottling department, city offices and contains “The world’s largest water bar.”

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I really, really enjoyed the font on this sign.

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This is Ray’s Diner. It was also closed when we rolled into town, so we weren’t able to sample their famous chili, which is still made from the original 1932 recipe.

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But we were able to get a shot of the inside. Love the metal lunch counter!

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day! I am going out to the garden and try to rip out all of our Japanese Lantern plants once and for all. Stupid, stubborn plants…

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5 Responses to Hall Of Waters And Ray’s Lunch

  1. Jena Reply

    May 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I keep seeing references to Excelsior Springs. Must be a sign I need to visit. Because I live in Missouri, it’s not that far for me. I’ll be sure to take my camera.

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, the place looks amazing. I guess y’all will just have to go back next time you are on a crazy road trip to Texas! 😉 Bummer about Ray’s too, the place looks great!

  3. veg-o-matic Reply

    May 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Higbee’s!

  4. Andrea Reply

    May 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous building the Hall of Waters is! Too bad you could not see more of the inside.

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