The spirit of Halcyon changed significantly when Brigadier General Frederick Burnham purchased the resort in 1924. He brought an end to the drinking and partying, in favour of an emphasis on healing and restoration. He shut down the bar, banning smoking and drinking, and worked tirelessly to keep the resort’s rates low so it would be accessible to everyone.
As a result, Halcyon gained international recognition as a place of healing, with a particular emphasis on the high levels of lithium in the natural hot springs water. Believed at the time to be a natural relaxant that purified the blood, recent research has revealed that lithium is a powerful antioxidant that promotes the healing of neural pathways in the brain – with the ability to treat or prevent a variety of neurological diseases.
Burnham, for whom the prominent peak across from the resort is named, operated his spa until a fire destroyed the main hotel in 1955.