“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hot Springs in Fall River County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Hot Springs, SD

Hot Springs, SD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
1. Hot Springs, SD Marker
Inscription. Tribal tradition states that as long ago as the 16th century the Fall River Valley and canyon area were seldom without groups of tipis belonging to North American Plains Tribes. They knew the curative value of the warm springs located there and used them for bathing their sick and lame. Exploration of the area by white men in 1874-75 led to settlement and the discovery of 75 geothermal springs. The crystal clear water issues from clefts in rocks or bubbles up out of the ground. Bathhouses, swimming plunges, hotels, hospitals and sanitariums were built turning the City of Hot Springs into an early national health resort. Some of these structures still exist, including a sanitarium now used as the VA Center, and the South Dakota Soldiers Home. Cowboys and others crippled by rheumatism and other afflictions would arrive in wagons or trains and leave on horseback after three weeks in the springs.
From this point the rushing Fall River can be seen and heard.
Erected 1995 by The People and Business of Hot Springs, The South Dakota State Historical Society and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 663.)
Location. 43° 25.152′ N, 103° 27.51′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Hot Springs, SD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. Hot Springs, SD Marker
, in Fall River County. Marker is on Fall River Road (U.S. 385) near Hidden Nook Trail, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13013 Fall River Road, Hot Springs SD 57747, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD (approx. 1.3 miles away); Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fall River Falls (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jedediah Strong Smiths Route - - 1823 (approx. 9.3 miles away); Paha Sapa Limestone (approx. 9.5 miles away); The CCC's Enduring Legacy (approx. 9.5 miles away); Life in a Prairie Dog Town (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Hot Springs, South Dakota - Wikipedia. Hot Springs is one of the warmest places in South Dakota, with an annual mean temperature of 48.6 F (9.2 C). Some of the attractions in the Hot Springs area are the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Evans Plunge, built in 1890, with its naturally warm 87 F (31 C) spring water. The town is a gateway to the attractions of the southern Black Hills, particularly Wind Cave National Park. Hot Springs holds the annual Miss South Dakota pageant. (Submitted on October 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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