Mysteries at the Museum: Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root remedy

On display in your Vanishing Texana Museum is a bottle of “Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney Liver and Bladder Cure.” This bottle was manufactured in the late 1800’s and was sold by vendors traveling in carriages from town to town, but there’s more to the story than just an old bottle.

Dr. Kilmer was born in Cobleskill, NY in 1840. He began studying medicine at the age of 18. He studied both traditional and homeopathy disciplines at eleven hospitals and medical colleges including the famed Bellevue Hospital in New York. While on a successful tour of medical lectures and practice in

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