Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

Red Boiling Springs is a city in Macon County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,112 at the 2010 census.

City in Tennessee, United States
Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

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Location of Red Boiling Springs in Macon County, Tennessee.


Country United States
State Tennessee
County Macon
Established 1820s
Incorporated 1953[1]
Named for Area mineral springs

  Total 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
  Land 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
  Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)

771 ft (235 m)

  Total 1,112

  Density 646.86/sq mi (249.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-62000[4]
GNIS feature ID 1299039[5]

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The area was originally known as Salt Lick Creek due to a salt lick that was located approximately four miles northwest of current day Red Boiling Springs. The salt lick attracted animals, American Indians, and other peoples. Among the people who came to hunt the animal trails was Daniel Boone, who reportedly carved his name and the year 1775 into a beech tree in a nearby community.[6]

The area was first surveyed and land grants were first awarded in the mid-1780s. The first post office was established in 1829 and named the Salt Lick Creek post office. In 1847, the post office was renamed “Red Boiling Springs.”[6] Sometime in the 1830s, a farmer named Jesse Jones noticed red-colored sulphur water bubbling up from springs on his farm. In 1844, a businessman named Samuel Hare, realizing the springs’ commercial potential, purchased a 20-acre (8.1 ha) plot of the Jones farm surrounding the springs, and constructed an inn. The inn’s remote location and the region’s poor roads likely doomed the venture, and the inn was gone by the 1870s.[7]

Aunt Sooky’s Salve was a widely distributed product that was manufactured in Red Boiling Springs under the supervision of ‘Aunt’ Sooky Goad, who also claimed to be the original discoverer of the benefits of the Red Boiling Springs water. Early in life she had dropsy and claimed to be cured by drinking the sulphur water. In 1914, a Nashville man wrote an article stating that Shepherd Kiby (Kirby), the brother of Goad, discovered that washing his eyes with the spring water reduced eye irritation, but Goad’s use of the water seems to have preceded that of Kirby.[8]

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