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The Conway Springs Madstone


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It is recalled that Dr. William Monnet had a madstone and people of that time felt much safer in this wild new country with a madstone available. Mrs. J.K. Van Meter remember seeing the stone used. She was a girlhood chum of Dr. Monnet's daughter, and these two young girls saw a demonstration they never forgot.

The patient was suffering from a snake bits. The doctor brought out the madstone, a round flattened stone that was possibly the size of the doctor's palm. It had a slightly rough texture and was grayish green in color. The stone was put in a pan of warm milk and then applied to the wound. When it was judged to have drawn out some of the venom, the stone was put back in the milk and the process repeated a number of times. Each time the milk became greener.

Never did anyone who family had this treatment not believe the treatment worked.

- Conway Springs Memories of the First One-Hundred Years by the Conway Springs Centennial Committee


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Spring House

The spring house at Conway Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is immortalized within the city park where visitors can still see the bubbling water as it freely flows into the encased pool. The story goes that in 1882

Conway Springs, KS Landmarks


State Bank Building

The State Bank had its beginning with the town. It was founded as a private bank by James M. Harper, G. Douglas and J.C. Lutz. The three partners were rated with net assets of over $200,000. Mr. Harper was in charge of the bank, the first in the new town. Mr. Dengler died early in the bank'

Conway Springs, KS Historic Buildings

Conway Springs Bandshell

Conway Springs has always taken great pride in its music which dates back to 1885. The bandshell in Central Park was built by subscription in 1910

Conway Springs, KS Amphitheaters

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The Conway Springs Madstone

It is recalled that Dr. William Monnet had a madstone and people of that time felt much safer in this wild new country with a...