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"Lie in that mud for a few weeks, and you'll be a new man."

Amidst the endless stories of mining and railroads that surround modern man's involvement in the Tecopa area, is one very different, inspiring, and true story of a man who, at a time of great pain, discovered the Tecopa hot springs and mud/clay baths:
The story of Elias.

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"I've learned that a man can take what he has, no matter how little, and make from it what he wants. Death Valley brought life to me -- and I brought life to Death Valley!"

These are the words of 70-year-old Elias, founder of the resort that today is known as Delight's Hot Spring Resort, a man who, a few short years before, arriving in the middle of the barren desert to die. Elias was an arthritic cripple who, in desperation, took the advice of a friend who suggested that Elias leave Los Angeles and spend a few weeks in the warm spring mud baths in the far reaches of the Mojave Desert.

"Lie in that mud for a few weeks, and you'll be a new man." His friend's prediction came true. After spending nearly a month bathing in the warm, natural mud baths and drinking the natural hot springs' Mineral Water, Elias was well enough to begin the exploration of the surrounding desert and discovered an area that contained hundreds of warm springs. Elias knew that he had found the perfect spot for a health spa.

Eventually, when Elias attempted to lease or purchase this land, he discovered it was not for sale. Not purchasable, that is, with standard currency. Congress, he discovered, set aside the land for Veteran homesteading. The law provided that the land could only be purchased with the Civil War script. The federal government issued a Civil War script to discharge soldiers after the U.S. Civil war. Nearly all such currency had long been lost or hidden away in museums.

Elias, however, remembered that his grandfather was a civil war veteran and recalled seeing odd-looking coupons framed in his parents' home. He returned to Nebraska and found $2,000.00 worth of Civil War Script currency which was the exact amount required to purchase it.

He and his wife Betty raised a small amount of capital and set out to build a town with 2 1/2 miles of railroad trackage and ties from the abandoned Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad. Transformed from a penniless cripple to a vibrant and productive man, Elias successfully built a small desert empire.

- Original History derived from Nelson Thorne's account, 1955.

From ChatGPT

Delight's Hot Springs Resort: A Relaxing Oasis in the Desert

If you're looking for a peaceful getaway in the heart of nature, Delight's Hot Springs Resort is the perfect destination. Nestled between two mountain ranges, this resort offers a variety of activities and amenities to help you relax and rejuvenate.

One of the main draws of the resort is its natural hot springs. The springs are fed by underground geothermal activity and are rich in minerals that are said to have healing properties. Guests can enjoy soaking in the hot springs pools set in beautiful natural surroundings. Whether you're looking to unwind after a day of hiking or want to soak in the warm water while taking in the stunning views, the hot springs are sure to highlight your stay.

In addition to the hot springs, Delight's Hot Springs Resort also offers a range of other activities and amenities. Some hiking trails take you through the surrounding desert and mountains, offering the opportunity to explore the area's natural beauty. 

The resort's accommodation options include various guest rooms and suites, each designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious experience. Guest rooms feature comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Suites offer even more space and amenities, such as private hot tubs and fireplaces.

Overall, Delight's Hot Springs Resort is a perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. The hot springs, activities, and amenities, as well as the comfortable accommodation options, make for an unforgettable experience.


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amazing experience

If you are tired of making money
It doesn't seem worth the game
Come to Tecopa Hot Springs
Elias's is the name
Cabins as neat as a pin
You're at home when you step in
There you get courtesy plus
Without bother, without fuss
The hot pool is a delight
Swim by Day Swim by Night

Here vacation can be grand
Sun-bathing in desert sand
Don't drive out some night late
Here you have to have a date
If at Elias's you spend a week
You will find the rest you seek
And if this sounds a bit like Heaven
Just call TECOPA Number 7

-------> ...at the Red Dutch Mill
- Ruth C. Mason - Elias's 'Tecopa No. 7 Ad', May 1955

-John Johnson