John Weber a Milwaukee Real Estate agent purchased a 87 acre plot on the northern side of Waukesha, Wisconsin . Mr. Weber had no idea what was to come and the monumental impact he would have with the Moor Down mud baths and a health resort. Mr. Weber's property had black Moor mud on it and it contained the same medicinal remedies that the black Moor mud did in Germany and the European mud baths..
Upon a trip and follow up research to Germany the decision to built the Grand View Health resort was built and opened in 1911. This property is now part of the Waukesha County office buildings. Prior to the county the property was a Catholic seminary. The original hotel and resort was thirty two rooms with an addition that followed that added another thirty rooms. Andrew Frame, a Waukesha resident built a large golf course in 1919 around the whole complex and the golf course still is in use today.
1916 saw John Weber Jr. patent a new type of couch for mud baths made from clay or terra cotta. The whole system was heated and was easier to clean up as well. The baths at Moor Downs grew and added yet another wing in 1921, and a women's bath in 1926. An east wing was added in 1928. Capacity was 200 visitors a day, the complex and had 108 rooms. In 1929, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression struck Waukesha and the entire country, The Grand View Health Resort switched its attention on attracting wealthy Chicago visitors. They were known for slot machines and poker, as well as the traditional golf, baths and massages.
In 1946, John Weber Jr. retired from managing the Moor Mud Baths in Waukesha, Wisconsin . In 1950 the property was sold to the Salvation Brothers of New York, who turned it into a college. Finally, in November of 1972, the building that once housed the famous Moor Mud Baths was purchased by Waukesha County, and remodeled into the County Office Building. Just another beautiful property in the Waukesha County real estate market, in Waukesha,Wisconsin.
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