Mountain Valley Water and Hot Springs, AR History

For the past few years, I’ve been working, perhaps not as diligently as I should, on a project related to the history of Mountain Valley Water. It’s a local company and the nation’s first bottled water sold coast-to-coast. (You may have seen it held by a U.S. president, Elvis, or on an episode of Parks and Rec.) Anyway, in the past year I’ve had two articles come out on the subject, and I think they have some worthwhile things to say on consumerism, health, environment, and local history. They’re linked here for your perusal. Cheers!

“Advertising Indians,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 18:2 (Summer 2018): 11-18

“Bottling Nature’s Elixir: The Mountain Valley Spring Water Company, Environment, Health, and Capitalism,” Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 78:1 (Spring 2019): 1-31