On July 31st my daughter and I went to Hot Springs. We got to Arkansas a day earlier than we usually do and decided to take a vacation day sight seeing. I hope next summer we can do even more of this.
What was my prior knowledge of Hot Springs Arkansas before going there? Not much, I knew there were hot springs, I didn't know why. I knew that it was a popular tourist spot and I also knew it wasn't too horribly far from the family place but we had never been there.
The water out of Hot Springs average 143 degrees f. and people have been drawn to the springs for hundreds (and likely thousands) of years. The water that come from the springs are over four thousand years old (well obviously all water is "old" it's just not something we think about). In 1832 under the Jackson administration the government set aside four sections of land to "reserve" them for the people. In 1877 the government took control over the springs and approved the private bathhouses which you will see some more photos of.
In 1921 Hot Springs National Park was established.
Bathhouse Row is an interesting area. I believe one bathhouse is still in operation. By the 1960s many of the bathouses had closed their doors and fell into disrepair. By 2004 the park began renovating the buildings to help economically revitalize the area.
The water is hot!
These photos are more of a documentary style and of a tourist nature. Not my best shots, but I wasn't trying very hard.
Some images of Bathhouse Row
I hope to add enough historical information to educate you about your visit to Hot Springs or any other unusual places I've been to. I need to start working on educational power points, which was my original plan when I began visiting historical places.
I will do another post about the bathhouse museum we toured in Hot Springs.
This has a beautiful design.
Now if you actually want a real bath in Hot Springs the Buckstaff is the operational bathhouse there.
My daughter really wanted to do this.
We shopped a little and ate and then drove up the mountain to go up the observation tower.
I don't really like observation towers as I learned in Sioux Falls. I don't like heights that much not in these situations.
It's a nice rainy day here in Oklahoma. I just feel like staying inside. Next week the job officially begins and I'll be a tired person.
You really can't see the forest for the trees out here...