Vichy Springs, Mendocino County, California

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Vichy Springs
Unincorporated community
Vichy Springs is located in California
Vichy Springs
Vichy Springs
Vichy Springs is located in the US
Vichy Springs
Vichy Springs
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°10′01″N 123°09′29″W / 39.16694°N 123.15806°W / 39.16694; -123.15806Coordinates: 39°10′01″N 123°09′29″W / 39.16694°N 123.15806°W / 39.16694; -123.15806
Country United States
State California
County Mendocino County
Elevation[1] 801 ft (244 m)
Reference no. 980[2]

Vichy Springs (formerly, Ukiah Vichy Springs[1] and Doolan's Ukiah Vichy Springs[3]) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California.[1] It is located on Sulphur Creek 3 miles (4.8 km) east-northeast of Ukiah,[3] at an elevation of 801 feet (244 m).[1]

Although previously used by the local Native Americans,[4] the first westerner to discover the hot springs at this location was Frank Marble, in 1848.[2] The springs at Ukiah Vichy resemble the more famous Grand Grille Springs in Vichy, and like the springs in Vichy the waters of the springs are alkaline and carbonated.[2][5] In the 1850s William Day founded the Ukiah Vichy Springs Resort, taking advantage of the 19th-century revival of hydrotherapy.[2] By 1892 the resort was known as Doolan's Ukiah Vichy Springs.[5] Visitors included Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Jack London, Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mark Twain.[6] As one of the oldest continuously-operated hot spring resorts in the state, Ukiah Vichy Springs has been recognized as California Historical Landmark #980.[2][4]

A post office operated at Vichy Springs from 1893 to 1936.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Vichy Springs, Mendocino County, California
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ukiah Vichy Springs". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 163. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ a b California Landmark 980: Ukiah Vichy Springs Resort, California Historical Landmarks in Mendocino County, accessed 2012-01-01.
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Winslow (1892), "Doolan's Ukiah Vichy Springs and Health Resort", Mineral springs and health resorts of California, The Bancroft Co., pp. 257–259 .
  6. ^ Carter, Bob (2001), California Travelers' Trivia: Historic and Contemporary--Fabulous Firsts, Fascinating Facts, Legendary Lore, One-of-a-Kind Oddities, Tantalizing Trivia, Falcon Guides, Globe Pequot, p. 129, ISBN 978-1-56044-954-6 .