The official name of Webster's county seat is Addison, after Addison McLaughlin, who owned the townsite. At one time Addison, nestled in a deep valley, had aspirations of becoming a mineral spa, and the name of the post office, but not the town itself, was changed to Webster Springs. U.S. Senator Johnson N. Camden built a large hotel that boasted Russian and Turkish baths, but it burned in 1926 and was not rebuilt. A salt sulfur spring is now contained within a small pavilion on Court Square.
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