Near Thermopolis in Hot Springs County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Plaza Hotel
James Callaghan, a master bricklayer, built kilns along the banks of the Big Horn River for firing bricks used in constructing the hotel. Mr. Callaghan and his wife Hazel operated the hotel for a short time after its completion in 1918. Dr. P.W. Metz purchased the Callaghan Apartments in 1921 and renamed it the Plaza Hotel and Apartments.
The Plaza Hotel is the only remaining hotel in Hot Springs State Park from the era of early commercialization. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and renovated in 1999.
Healing the Sick
In 1886, James McLaughlin, United States Indian Inspector, reported to the Department of the Interior his findings and opinions
"The water of this spring is said to possess wonderful curative properties and to be very beneficial for rheumatic and other ailments, and although the temperature is 132 degrees it is not unpleasant to drink, and with salt and pepper added tastes very much like fresh chicken broth."
Word of the water's healing power spread and people poured into this area in search of relief from their pains.
Erected by Plaza Hotel.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 43° 39.036′ N, 108° 12.036′ W. Marker is near Thermopolis, Wyoming, in Hot Springs County. Marker is on East Park Street near Pioneer Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 East Park Street, Thermopolis WY 82443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bah Guewana (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Manly Haynes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tepee Fountain (about 500 feet away); Some Like It Hot! (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1916 Swinging Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ancient Red Rocks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Geology of Hot Springs Hot Springs State Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thermopolis.
More about this marker. The Plaza Hotel is located in Hot Springs State Park near Thermopiles, Wyoming.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 183 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.