The Bedford Springs Hotel, by Augustus Kollner, 1840.
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Pen and sepia ink on paper of the front exterior of the Hotel in the background of the image and two men on horse back in the foreground.

Credit: Photograph courtesy Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York

One of the oldest resort hotels in the United States, Bedford Springs began attracting wealthy visitors to visit its seven mineral springs in the late 1700s. President James Buchanan was such a devotee of the hotel as an escape from the humidity of Washington that he turned it into his summer White House and received the first Trans-Atlantic cable in its lobby. The famed Bedford Cure, a physician-supervised three-week health regimen, was developed at the hotel in the 1920s.

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