In 1880 A.W. Farr, a lumberman, mill operator and later State Senator, purchased land that included Onekema Springs. Contemporary newspaper hailed "rare medicinal powers" in the water "bubbling up here and there" around Portage Lake and Onekama soon became a mineral springs resort. Boats from Lake Michigan and trains from Manistee brought guests to the Saratoga of the West." The Glen House, destroyed by fire in 1892, was the main hotel.