San Diego County Miscellaneous - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Ruins of the Buckman Springs Lithia Water bottling plant along Old Highway 80 illuminated by a full moon

Ruins of the Buckman Springs Lithia Water bottling plant along Old Highway 80 illuminated by a full moon

Shot with a Canon 6D and Tokina 17-35mm lens at 10 sec f/5.0 ISO 1000.

Amos Buckman staked a claim at Indian Spring and started bottling water in the 1880s. The springs provided naturally carbonated water tinted red from the high iron content and containing lithium; Buckman Springs Lithia Water sold well for over fifty years! Winifred Buckman took over operations after her father’s death in 1898 but the plant was closed when she passed in 1946. The construction of Interstate 8 nearby dried up the springs and bypassed the town. Bottles from the bottling plant are highly sought by collectors.

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