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Hot Springs in Garland County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

An American Spa

Hot Springs National Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 9, 2010
1. An American Spa Marker
Inscription. Bathhouse Row is the historic heart of an American spa. Since the 1830s the city of Hot Springs has channeled much of its energy into becoming a national health resort. The Federal Government made “taking the waters” available to all by providing baths and health services to veterans and the poor, and the National Park landscaped many of the exercise paths that were considered essential to good health.

Some of the bathhouses have closed—locally, demand for the medicinal baths peaked in 1946—but you can still discover the spa experience. Traditional bathing remains available at the Buckstaff Bathhouse and some nearby hotels. Like earlier visitors, you can stroll the beautiful brick Grand Promenade behind Bathhouse Row or hike mountain trails throughout the National Park.

Captions:
(Above) Hot Springs in 1875, from a postcard.
(Right) Hot Springs Creek in 1883, before it was covered over.
 
Location. 34° 30.696′ N, 93° 3.222′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County. Marker is at the intersection of Reserve Street and Central Avenue on Reserve Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Hot Springs National Park Headquarters. Marker is in this post office area: Hot Springs National Park AR 71901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
An American Spa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 9, 2010
2. An American Spa Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bathhouse Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Buckstaff Bathhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Buck Ewing (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamar Bathhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Ozark Bathhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Hotel and Bath House in the Hot Springs Territory (about 400 feet away); Quapaw Bathhouse (about 600 feet away); Fordyce Bathhouse (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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