History Since 1882 - California Historic Site & Monument- City Historic Site
The year was 1882 when John Frazier, former sea captain, was digging a well for his farm which covered much of today's downtown area of Carlsbad, California.
Frazier struck at 415 feet an aquifer with pure therapeutic mineral water. Encouraged by his success, he sank another well at 510 feet.
Analysis showed the mineral water was very similar to the water from the world-famous
Karlsbad, Bohemia, health resort, so they named the water Carlsbad Mineral Water. Today Karlsbad is known as Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
Frazier and many other people found the water to be very therapeutic and healing. They drink and bathed in the living water and have experienced many positive health benefits.
Frazier and several other businessmen formed the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company. They built beautiful homes (today on is known as Ocean House Restaurant), a hotel, and spa next to the minerals wells. They also renamed the town from Frazier Station to Carlsbad after the famous California Carlsbad Mineral Water.
In 1930, the California Carlsbad Mineral Water Hotel was built across the street from the well. The hotel was widely known for its Mineral Water Baths and was frequented by movie stars and other famous people from around the world.
The Great Depression brought hard times to this hotel. The well needed repair but there was no money to do it. The well was lost for sixty years.
In 1993 Ludvik Grigoras, a Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad, Czech Republic) native started to completely restore the old well and re-drilled another of Frazier's wells which is naturally carbonated.
Ludvik encouraged a hometown friend, renowned sculptor Vaclav Lokvenc from Karlsbad, Czech Republic, to create a 13 ft. bronze statue of Capt. John Frazier which was shipped from Europe in 1994 and is now erected at the Alt Karlsbad Historic Site.
Today the famous therapeutic water is being bottled again as Carlsbad Alkaline Water, and an elegant spa has opened in the beautiful European-style building on he site of the original we located only a few miles from Legoland.
The design and decorating were personally done by Ludvik and Veronica Grigoras to duplicate a unique ambiance of early Egypt, Rome and the Orient. All the artwork, paintings and furniture were hand painted by famous artist Robin Wallenfang.
Please contact us regarding your spa treatment or our therapeutic Carlsbad Alkaline Artesian Water