#63284: Visitors to Soap Lake to 'Take the Waters' in 1928
In 1905 one of the most famous hotel-sanitariums in Soap Lake was built on a hill overlooking East Beach. It was nationally advertised as the social center and health resort of the Columbia Basin til it burned in a blaze that was started accidentally by the resort’s owner. By the time Soap Lake was incorporated in 1919, it was already a busy resort and health spa with four hotels, many rooming houses and apartments, and businesses catering to the campers by renting tents, boats and bathing suits.
Public domain. From postcard collection of Marge Lawrence