Images from Hot Springs National Park

February 14 -20, 2003

 

Hot Springs National Park. You're thinking that it's out in the woods somewhere near hot Springs Arkansas, aren't you? It's downtown. In 1832, 40 years earlier than Yellowstone our Congress established a reservation to protect hot springs flowing from Hot Springs Mountain.

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The Park today protects eight historic bathhouses.
The "Bathhouse Row" area is a National Historic Landmark District.

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The former Fordyce bathhouse was built in 1915 remained open until 1962.
The National Parks Service purchased it and after a three year restoration process opened the building as the Park Visitor Center.

Truly a magnificent look into America's Spa History. It has been returned to it's original splendor, and is available for all to see.

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Scott's vision of this landmark captures it's place in history as well as lending it character befitting it's illustrious past.

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The Bathhouse Row area is the most evident area of public interest. The entire park is actually 5400 hundred acres containing trails, streams, pine forest and springs both hot and cold. The downtown area is within the park boundary, but is not owned by the government.

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It's pretty safe to say that in the course of completing the National Parks Project Scott will not often be seen setting up his easel on a city sidewalk. It speaks to the truly diverse nature of our National Parks System. Alaska's wilderness, Virgin Island beaches and Hot Spring's Bathhouse Row.

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