Azule Hot Springs


Azule Natural Seltzer Water Trademark, December 27, 1872

The Saratoga area of the Santa Cruz mountain was once touted as having the purest most medicinal hot spring water in the area (similar in properties as that of Saratoga Springs, NY). Near the junction of Pierce Road and Azule Road (now Mount Eden Road), Arthur Caldwell originally discovered the soda spring water coming from a sandstone crevice on his ranch in the 1870s. Later the ranch was sold to Luther R. Mills and he bottled the water under the name 'Mills Seltzer Springs'.


Finally, L. A. Spitzer bought the property and proprietor John W. Ryland captured water from these springs and bottled them. The 'azul' (blue in spanish) colored bottles were sculpted with a trademarked grizzly bear.



 

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The Azule waters were touted as treatments for 'ailments of the liver, kidney and stomach'


Famous Waters Ad
Famous Waters Ad

Recipe for Azule Seltzer Water Lemonade
Recipe for Azule Seltzer Water Lemonade

San Jose Mercury Ad with pricing
San Jose Mercury Ad with pricing

Azule Seltzer Spring Water Ad
Azule Seltzer Spring Water Ad


McCarthy Painting of Azule Mineral Water
McCarthy Painting of Azule Mineral Water


 

Some of the remaining pictures of the Azule Seltzer Springs of that era. Current the property is a private residence.

"Falls" at Azule Natural Seltzer Springs in Saratoga, ca.1900

L. A Spitzer and Friends at his Azule Springs Home
L. A Spitzer and Friends at his Azule Springs Home

 

Locations




Azule property, Brainard Map, 1880
Azule property, Brainard Map, 1880

Aerial View of original location, 1939

Azule Selter Water had a shop for distribution in downtown San Jose. It was next to the intersection of North San Pedro Street and Ryland Street.

Azule Seltzer Works, Sanborn Fire Map, 1891
Azule Seltzer Works, Sanborn Fire Map, 1891


 

Locations:

Azule Seltzer Springs

37.267465, -122.059783 Near the intersection of Mount Eden Raod and Damon Lane


Azule Water Works store

37.341230, -121.897451

Near where North San Pedro St and Ryland would intersect


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