We strolled Hot Springs National Park yesterday. This most unusual park is located along the main street of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Geothermal springs (143°) trickle down the mountain above the valley and have provided therapeutic benefits for hundreds of years. Early Native People knew of these springs and soon the newcomers to the area learned to use them too. Rustic log cabin inns were soon replaced with lavish stone structures. Only 2 of the bath houses of the former resort still provide soaks but all are beautifully restored and used as the park visitor center, gift shop, restaurant, cultural center etc. We enjoyed our stroll along the shaded avenue but the serene setting was almost spoiled by the traffic. Loud cars and even louder motorcycles cruised past when we stepped out of the quiet of a bath house. The shops and businesses across the street are not on park property. Mostly, it was an interesting and fun tour. We located several of the spring outlets on the mountainside and yes, they were very hot! There are paved walking paths including the Grand Promenade above Bath House Row. While touring The Fordyce, we got a kick out of the Ranger explaining some of the more intense treatments like electrified water and colonic irrigation. The young women in the room couldn’t quite understand what they were hearing 😂 I’m including about half the photos I took of this more unusual park.
100 year old ball shaped electric motor is something else! It was used on a “medical device” called a “Cologne Vibrator” and was a power source for remote attachments. This little motor would hang from a hook and like the power unit of a Dremel Tool it would spin and then turn a cable to power whatever was at the end.