~HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK~

Our National Parks are located in many different settings. On Indian Reservations, mountains, lakes, rivers, canyons, deserts. But Hot Springs is the first I've encountered in the middle of a town.
The supposed healing powers of the waters coming from the springs brought people from all over the world to bathe in them. The water actually has to be cooled to about 100 degrees F before bathing is allowed. Straight from the springs the temperatures are near 190 degrees. The same geothermic forces that make geysers and volcanoes are at work at the springs. Only a few springs remain open these days as nearly all the springs have been capped and the waters diverted to the bath houses. There is one, which has a tap to fill water bottles. I gave one to Mom.


Hot Springs National Park, AR




A tub in one of the bath houses

Downtown Hot Springs, AR

Another view of the town

The bath houses line this street

The Fordyce Bathhouse

The springs all originate on this mountain

People filling bottles at this spring



The few springs still open run these channels down the side of the mountain.


These are a couple of the open springs


These two photos show some of the many capped springs

Music is "Silver Springs"

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