In 1890, Alf Clark, who hoped to find oil at this site, found instead mineral water. Baths or drinks of Clark's Red Cross Electric Mineral Water were said to cure many maladies. By 1893 the Big Rapids Mineral Water Company was marketing the water on the East Coast and using it in its bath house on West Maple. In 1896, having changed its name to Natural Medicinal Water, the firm built a bandstand next to the bath house. Twenty warm, soothing mineral baths coast five dollars. The water was bottled in a plant on North State Street.