Amos Buckman arrived in San Diego in 1872. A few years later, he heard of mineral springs east of San Diego, and in 1881, he moved to Buckman Springs, where he bottled water and built an eating house, a cabin and a hotel. The local carbonated water, which was known as lithia water, was advertised as a cure for many ailments. But the water had high concentrations of silica, iron and salt that gave it an odd taste and an orange color, making it less appealing to drink. Amos Buckman passed in 1898, and his daughter Winifred continued the business until 1946. With disagreements over what to do with the estate, the business was ended. The remains of the Buckman homestead lie on Old Highway 80 just north of the Buckman Springs Rest Area.
This is all that remains of main building.
Across the street, you can see the foundations of some of the former buildings.
You can see these marked on the following map courtesy of Google Earth. The cistern, which I missed, is also marked below.
just a bit south of these ruins, you can see the remains of the old bottling plant.
Here’s the bottling plant marked on the map from Google Earth. Many also like to find the Amos Buckman grave site. I missed it when I was there, but it’s across the street near the highway where the chain link fence forms a “V”
As mentioned, the ruins are on Old Highway 80 just north of the Buckman Springs rest stop, and you can see it here on this map.