When Arkansas became a territory around 1819, the Arkansas Territorial Legislature requested that the springs and adjoining mountains be set aside as a federal reservation. Twelve years later, in 1832, the Hot Springs Reservation was created by the US Congress, granting federal protection of the thermal waters. The Reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921.
47 springs on the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain in the historic downtown district of the city. About 1,000,000 US gallons of 143 °F flow from the springs each day. National Park Service scientists have determined through radiocarbon dating, that the water that reaches the surface in Hot Springs fell as rainfall 4,400 years earlier.
Hot Spring water has been believed for centuries to possess medicinal properties. Thus The city became a centerpiece of the National Park Service, including BathHouse Row (which preserves the eight historic bathhouse buildings and gardens along Central Avenue).
Thanks to Eric and Leslie at The Alpine Inn and Quapaw Bathouse, we received tickets to relax in the baths. Now, the world is not ready to see sis and I in bathing suits, but here is some of what you can see plus a couple historic pics.
Famous for their visiting celebrities, royalty, presidents and gangsters, Hot Springs has Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum you can check out. Located across the street at the end of BathHouse Row. The Building was once “The Southern Club”, Hot Springs’ largest hottest casino and supper club until the late 1960s. It became the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in 1971. This is a great museum to visit, but I will warn you that there are stairs to climb (no elevator). Take a look at some of the exhibits…
I love wax museums so I think any trip to one is a great time.
We still have a tommygun and gangsters ahead…