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MERCEY HOT SPRINGS CALIFORNIA
Mercey Me, This is an awesome place!

Occupied Historic Place
Fresno County
Circa Late 1800’s

Not a ghost town, mining camp or abandoned mine, but a historic place for sure. Sitting
Behind a creek near Little Panoche Road, a former stage route, I happened upon this wonderful piece of history while making my way to the New Idria Ghost Town. I may have heard of Mercey Hot Springs in the past, maybe in a book or a magazine article, but never had I experienced the wonders of the springs until now.

Native Indians introduced the hot springs to sheep herder John Merci, the first European settler in the valley. Soon after Merci purchased the land and changed the spelling of his name to Mercy. In 1912 Mercy sold the land to San Francisco real estate guru Frederick Bourn who had a dream of developing the site and constructing a resort. He erected a hotel, several cabins, and developed the hot springs. Unfortunately the hotel burned down in the mid 1930’s, and was replaced by a bath house and small restaurant. A swimming pool and a campground followed some time later. Bourn who wished to capitalize on the pharmaceutical possibilities of the water then changed the name to Mercey and filed for a copyright patent.

70 years later, current owner Larry Ronneberg continues improving on the 165 acre property and restoring its rich history. Today’s visitor can enjoy overnight accommodations in one of the 6 different cabins, or utilize the camp ground. There is a swimming pool and clothing optional bath house with 7 soaking tubs using the piped spring water. The restaurant and a 4 room hotel will be completed soon. All these amenities set in a beautiful rustic valley and appearing much like it did in 1912. Definitely one of my favorite places to explore, or simply relax and get away.

www.merceyhotsprings.com

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1920's Photo courtesy of Philis Klang

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1920's Photo courtesy of Philis Klang

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