The book was written by Christian County Historian William Turner and LaDonna Dixon Anderson, the executive secretary for the Christian County Historical Society. Both were there to meet with enthusiastic readers fascinated with anything Cerulean-related.
The book was published by Arcadia Press, a company in Mount Pleasant, S. C. that specializes in historical books with plenty of photographs and descriptions of them underneath that sell for $19.99. Turner said the Cerulean book contains 200 photos on 128 pages.
Turner said his interest in Cerulean stems from the fact that his uncle, who died in 1955, used to own the Cerulean Springs Hotel, which burned down in 1925. The hotel’s popularity hit its peak in the early 1900s when mineral springs were the health spas of their day. Turner said people from all over the country came to Cerulean to drink from its spring.
Turner said the publication of the book was a culmination of a lifelong passion for the history of Cerulean. He said that he been collecting photos of Cerulean since he was 14 years old. He is now 67. He said that he was happy that there were plenty of people who shared his interest and that they could now delight in the book’s contents.
“The purpose of life is to share,” Turner said. “The photos are no good in an album, but now everyone can see them. It helps us old folks to reminisce and will hopefully inspire the young to be interested in their heritage.”
Wallace Blakely, who collaborated with Turner to get a historical marker to commemorate the site of the spring and hotel, said he contributed several photos for the book. As one person waited to get his book signed, he mentioned to Blakely how interesting Cerulean’s history was and how he was looking forward to reading it.
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