From time to time someone asks about a subject or person and I do a search of my files. This is the result of a recent inquiry about the old health resort near Caddo.
Maytubby Springs was a popular health resort because the waters contained at least half a dozen minerals; even the mud was used as a salve. The Maytubby family constructed a 30-room hotel and entertained ailing visitors from all over the country. It is reported that U. S. Senator Robert L. Owen met his wife at the hotel. The hotel was demolished around the time of statehood.
September 17, 1875
Last Saturday we visited Maytubby Springs, situated about five miles in a northwesterly direction from Caddo. They are in a pleasant and healthful location and at no distant day are destined to become a place of popular resort as there seems to be no doubt but they possess excellent medicinal virtues.
July 27, 1876
Sunday evening last, we had the pleasure of a ride out to the celebrated Maytubby Springs with Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth.
May 23, 1902
Hon. Peter Maytubby was into see us yesterday and we had quite a long and pleasant chat with him. He is appointed by Gov. Johnson of the Chickasaw Nation to enroll all indigent Chickasaws in the Choctaw Nation and has advertised time and places he will appear. In talking with him he asked us to state that all Chickasaws enrolled by the Dawes Commission as Choctaws, who desire to be re-enrolled as Chickasaws are requested to give their names to him and they will be enrolled properly. Mr. Maytubby is now fixing up his hotel at Maytubby Springs, west of twin, and will open it to the public about June 15th. The springs are certainly a fine resort and no doubt there will be many guests there during the summer.
July 18, 1902
Mrs. S. W. Maytubby and children are spending the week at the healthful Maytubby Springs.
November 13, 1925
Resort to Open at Maytubby Springs
A.B. McCoy announces that he and associates have acquired title to the lands surrounding Maytubby Springs five miles northwest of Caddo and that immediately they are going to work on the place to prepare it for visitors.
The place will be provided with a hotel and plenty of camping grounds. The springs will be cleaned out, and a larger flow of medicinal water provided.
A good road will be provided to the springs from Caddo which already being on the highway will be an added attraction for Caddo.
Mr. McCoy announces that the work will be complete by March or April when the tourist travel begins.
A large advertising campaign will be laid out so as to draw visitors this way.
The Herald has often thought those springs should be opened again to the public. Twenty-five years ago every summer thousands of visitors came to this spot for recreation and health. It would be a good idea for Caddo citizens to aid in this project for everyone will benefit by the coming of visitors to this splendid place.
The Dallas Morning News
December 8, 1929
George F. Latham, president of the Dallas Advertising League, left Saturday to visit the Maytubby Springs in Oklahoma, the waters of the spring used by the Chickasaw Indiasn as a remedy for many of their diseases.
Mr. Latham is making an investigation of the spring with a view of building a hospital and of extending the sale of the Spring water.
January 30, 1931
Maytubby Springs to Be Improved
Workmen, tools, and teams were taken out to Maybubby Springs Tuesday to begin work improving the property so that it will make a more describable place in which to seek health and to spend a vacation.
Years ago this place was considered a good health resort and thousands of people came every year to drink the water and recuperate.
It is the plan of the operators to build some camp houses, improve the road , and clean out the spring and increase the flow.
A little later further announcement will be made. The Springs are but three miles from the gravel road to Kenefick, and a good road may easily and cheaply be built to the spot.
A History of the State of Oklahoma, Luther B. Hill
Until 1875 Peter Maytubby made his home around Boggy Depot, but that year brought his household to Caddo and was afterward identified with the people of that community until his death thirty-two years thereafter. He was in constant touch with the Dawes Commission during the period of allotment in severalty and was of great value to that body in maintaining harmony between the tribes .and the government. His own family allotments were taken adjacent to Caddo. and upon this tract were discovered and developed the locally famous Maytubby Springs. Located over an undeveloped field of petroleum, the waters pour from the hillsides of the broken land, varying in quality from a slightly oily decoction to a mixture too thick and sickening to drink and from fresh water to what readily passes for mineral waters. As the number of guests to the locality increased Mr. Maytubby erected a commodious home near the springs, where he maintained his family for seven years and entertained countless friends and visitors. Here he passed the last years of his life. and although he was a man of great physical vigor he scarcely passed the psalmist’s allotted “three score and ten.” Huch of the later portion of his life was spent in reading, and very prominent in his list was the Bible, for the deceased was a devout and practical Christian, a member of the Presbyterian church. There are few characters who ‘have resided in Oklahoma whose usefulness was broader or more disinterested than his, and certainly none who carried to the beyond a greater share of sincere esteem and affection.
By Blanche Folsom
Maytubby Springs, located in section 19, 4S, 10E, was a pioneer health resort. On land now owned by Dr. Brice Cochran of Oklahoma City stood a big two-story hotel, several small cabins and a campground. Those who did not wish to stay in the hotel could bring their own cots and cooking utensils and stay in the cabins. In warm weather the campground was filled with wagons and tents.
People came from miles around to take advantage of the water flowing from five springs, each containing a different mineral.
Mrs. Eula McCoy Bilbo, who owned a hotel know as the Bilbo House, west of the train depot in Caddo, had a surrey with fringe on top which met the trains and furnished transportation to the springs. Many people returned to Caddo to stay the Bilbo House, a distance of about six miles.
The name of the area came from Peter Maytubby, a full-blood Choctaw, who originally owned all the land, which was allotted to him and his family by the federal government.
I remember when my mother-in-law used to go to the little stream where the mineral water drained and strip a black gummy substance from the weeds. Carefully she would work the dirt and grit from it then use the substance as a medicinal salve. The healing qualities of this slave was amazing.
When researchers visited the area in November 1980 they found the springs inside a small stone structure, the roof of which had long been gone. The springs, although still flower, were filled with trash and debris.
The only remaining evidence of the old hotel was a few scattered rocks form the foundation, and old sunken cellar, and a covered well.
A short distance south of the hotel site stood the old Maytubby schoolhouse, empty and silent. Behind the school was the sturdy stone cellar constructed by W. P. A. workers in the 1930s.
In the woods about three-fourths of a mile northwest of the school house we found the Maytubby Cemetery which contained about twenty-eight graves, including Peter Maytubby, who died May 1, 1907 at the age of sixty-nine years. The earliest identified grave in the cemetery is that of Susie Wilet, the infant daughter of G. P. and S. A. Wilet, who died September 17, 1887.
At the burial site stands a metal marker placed there by St. Clair Homer in 1972. It probably best summarizes early life around Maytubby Springs:
A thoughtless person started a rumor that gold was buried in this hallowed spot. This is not true. Here lie simple Choctaw, Cherokee, and Chickasaw folk. They lived through Indian Territory days into statehood and in and around Bennington and Caddo. None had gold to bury. Believe me. I know.
Son and grandson,
St. Clair Homer
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
(St. Clair’s father, Solomon Homer, killed in Durant in 1914, is also buried at Maytubby Cemetery.)