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Mohawk and Iroquois tribes used to drink and bathe in Saratoga waters for
their healing and curative properties. The Mohawks called the area
Serachtuague, “a place of fast moving water” — leading to the white settlers’
anglicisation: Saratoga. George Washington was an advocate of the water’s
restorative powers, and doctors recommended “taking the waters” to cure
kidney and liver complaints, rheumatism, diabetes, heartburn, cancer,
hangovers and “weakness of women.” By the middle of the nineteenth century,
Saratoga had become “The Queen of Spas.” Today, there remain two locations
for Saratoga mineral baths: The Roosevelt Baths and Spa (below) located
within the Spa State Park and the Crystal Spa in downtown Saratoga Springs.
The Saratoga Race Track (left) is the oldest thoroughbred race track in the
United States and races run from July 18 through Labor Day, so there’s no
excuse not to head down the morning before a concert, take in some history
and lose some money.