“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hot Springs in Garland County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

DeSoto Camp

DeSoto Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 1, 2007
1. DeSoto Camp Marker
This valley, long known by the Indians as "Tah-Ne-Co,"
"The Place of the Hot Waters" and according to
tradition regarded by the different tribes
as neutral ground, was first visited by white men
on September 16, 1541, when Hernando De Soto and his men
camped in this vicinity and were led here by the Indians.
According to records of Roderico Ronjel, Secretary to
De Soto and the "Gentleman of Elvas," who was also
a member of the company, they bathed in the
hot waters and departed October 5, 1541.
Erected 1932 by Hot Springs, Arkansas, Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 1541.
Location. 34° 30.967′ N, 93° 3.182′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (Arkansas Route 7) and Fountain Street, on the right when traveling north
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on Central Avenue. Marker is located on a rock inside the entrance off a sidewalk in Hot Springs National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hot Springs National Park AR 71901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 304 (within shouting distance of this marker); 308 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the State Capitol of Arkansas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hot Springs (about 300 feet away); Ral Springs (about 500 feet away); Dead Chief Trail (about 500 feet away); Ohio and Southern Clubs (about 500 feet away); Peak Trail (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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