The Promenade Behind Bath House Row
Welcome to Hot Springs...
Beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas, nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, is the eleventh-largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city has a population of 35,193 according to the 2010 United States Census, 33.0 square miles (85 km2), of which 32.9 square miles (85 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.36%) is water.
The center of Hot Springs is the oldest federal reserve in the United States. And, today it is preserved as Hot Springs National Park. It is, also, known, appropriately, as America's First Resort.
The city has a colorful history. Hot Springs has been home to Major League Baseball spring training, illegal gambling, and gangsters. It is famous for its horse racing at Oaklawn Race Track, and, of course, the 42nd U.S. President, Bill Clinton.
Today, Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row, with its eight historic bathhouse buildings on Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs, one of which is shown to the right, the Fordyce, are maintained by the National Park Service. Downtown Hot Springs, Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is lovely to walk along Central Avenue and view these architecturally splendid buildings and then to take a stroll on the Promenade behind them which is shown at the top of this page. Along the promenade, you can stop and overlook the city of Hot Springs with mountains as a backdrop no matter where you look. You will not want to live anywhere else.
A little bit of history...
Native American tribes met in the Valley of the Vapors for many, many years to enjoy the healing properties of the springs. It was a meeting place of peace for the various tribes.
In 1673, Father Marquette and Joliet explored the area and claimed it for France. Many years later, in 1804, Dr. George Hunter and William Dunbar, while on an expedition to the springs, came across a single log cabin and crudely constructed shelters that were used by those visiting the springs for their healing properties. The first settler of Hot Springs was in 1807.
The Quapaw Indians, in 1818, ceded the land around the hot springs to the United States in a treaty, and Arkansas became its own territory. Shortly thereafter, the Arkansas Territorial Legislature requested the springs and the adjoining mountains be set aside as a federal reservation.
The US Congress, twelve years later, created the Hot Springs Reservation which granted the thermal waters federal protection. The Reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921, and remains so today for us to enjoy.
The Natural Thermal Springs of Hot Springs, Arkansas
From Hot Springs Mountain, approximately 1,000,000 US gallons (3,800,000 L) of 143 °F (62 °C) of thermal water flows from 47 springs each day. The water percolates through the Earth's surface to deep within where it reaches intensely heated areas. It then rushes up to the surface where it comes forth above to the 47 springs. Scientific studies, through carbon dating, have shown that this water emerging from the springs was rainwater that once fell upon Hot Springs 4,400 years in the past.
These springs and the thermal, mineral waters have been sought after for generations. Tourists and residents alike enjoy drinking this water flowing from the springs accessible from several fountains in the downtown area of Hot Springs. The mineral spring water is, also, fed into the active bath houses and several of the downtown hotels for therapeutic bathing.
The local attractions are many within the area such as Oaklawn Park, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls theme parks, and Mid America Science Museum. Our local fine arts community has brought the city to position itself among “America’s Top 100 Small Arts Towns”. The city is very proud of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival which bring enjoyment to residents and tourists alike each year. The film festival is one of the premier documentary festivals in the world and has attracted many famous Academy Award winning film actors and producers over the years.
There are many other annual events in town including the Valley of Vapors Festival, Hot Springs Beer Festival, and the Hot Springs Blues Festival. The city's Running of the Tubs Race is well known and was recently mentioned in Barbabra Corcoran's new book, where Hot Springs, Arkansas, is #3 on her recommended list of places in which to retire in America!
And, there is the Big Barbecue Cook Off, which is very popular among residents in the spring and fall, as well as, the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade that attracts thousands of people every year to downtown Hot Springs to enjoy the festivities. The Grand Marshals for this event have been some well-known celebrities over the years such a Kevin Bacon, Jim Belushi, Tim Matheson, and Mario Lopez. The parade has been given world-wide acclaim, including that of NBC’s Today show's praise as one of the "10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades for families." And, there are so many other events in which to participate each year from major fishing tournaments to Oktoberfest in the fall.
Do you like live music? Live music can be heard at The Ohio Club, The Big Chill, the Arlington Hotel, and at free music outdoor concerts throughout the summer months in picturesque Whittington Park, among many other places locally. See our Local Attractions page for more information.
The city is rich in history and culture. You will find that there is so much to do and enjoy when living in Hot Springs!
We look forward to assisting you in finding the property of your dreams in the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area. Thank you so much for visiting our website.
The Rainbow Realty Team
Call us at 501-321-1277
When Moving to Hot Springs,
the following links may be of help
to you to have for the
Gas, Electric, and Water Companies.
The Hot Springs area has highly qualified health care professionals
and state-of-the-art facilities:
The Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center Hospital (HSRCH)
105 Reserve Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71902
Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County
See Wikipedia Articles 1 and 2 for more information
on Hot Springs, AR.
1. Photo by Eric in SF- CC BY
2. Photo by Ken Lund- CC BY
3. Photo by Chris Light - CC BY
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