The Old Iron Spring was drilled by the village of Ballston Spa, New York to a depth of 647 feet in 1874. This spring continues to flow even to this day, and is still drinkable. Ballston Spa was settled in 1771 and incorporated in 1807, making it one of the oldest continuously incorporated Villages in the United States. Moreover, the story goes that its Old Iron Spring is also the first mineral spring discovered and actively used in the US, some years before those in Saratoga Springs. Since that isn’t enough, it appears that the first large scale resort – the Sans Souci – was also built in Ballston Spa, making the Village the first true resort town in the area (indeed, it earned the nickname “America’s First Watering Place”), with people visiting Ballston long before Saratoga Springs rose to prominence.