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Hot Springs National Park Is Turning 100

 
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Hot Springs National Park Is Turning 100



Hot Springs National Park, known as America’s Spa, has a big birthday coming up.

The park turns 100 years old on March 4. For its centennial celebration, the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas will deliver an official proclamation via horse-drawn carriage declaring March 4th as Hot Springs National Parks Day.

Over the course of the last century, the national park has been a refuge and place of healing for those who come to enjoy the 4,400 year-old thermal spring water that sprouts from 47 springs at the base of Hot Springs Mountain.

According to the National Park Service, Jazz musicians, civil rights leaders, baseball players, former presidents, veterans of war and others have come to “quaff the elixir,” i.e. drink the hot springs water.

In case you're curious, the National Park Service does not claim the water is curative, but does certify that it is safe to drink. It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless because it lacks much iron and sulphur. To make it easy, hot water jug fountains are scattered across the national park and throughout town.

Or, head to Superior Bathhouse: the first-ever brewery in a national park that crafts its beer using the city’s famous 144 degree spring water. Take a beer bath for $30 and you’ll sample all 18 of the brewery’s beers, ranging from an oatmeal stout to a honey basil kolsch to a hazy IPA. Built in 1916, the bathhouse once offered hydrotherapy and massages.

Before it gained national park status, Congress created Hot Springs Reservation to preserve the thermal springs for public use and enjoyment in 1832. On March 4, 1921, Hot Springs got upgraded to being the country’s 18th national park. It continues to be the only federal controlled hot springs in the United States.

The park draws about 1.5 million visitors each year. While you can’t soak in the park’s springs, you can fill up your water bottles with the spring water and hike the trails in the park. Visitors here can also stroll Bathhouse Row, which is made up of eight buildings that were built between the years of 1892 and 1923.

The Buckstaff, which has been in continuous operation since opening its doors back in 1912, is the only bathhouse that offers a traditional bathing experience today. Treatments include a signature whirpool bath, which is 20-minute tub soak in a tub with waters up to 102 degrees.

The March 4th anniversary kicks off a series of planned individual, online and in-person anniversary events. On March 6th the Mid-America Science Museum will host a “Build Your Own Bathhouse” event where participants will have the opportunity to create their own bathhouses out of cardboard. Learn more about the architecture of the Bathhouses and take the opportunity to design your own version from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Mid America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Blvd.

Other planned centennial events this year include a park-wide BioBlitz in May, a 1921-themed Block Party in June, a B.A.R.K. Ranger Day celebration in July, a Junior Ranger Day celebration in August, a Thermal Springs Festival in September, an Archeology Day celebration in October, and a Park Rx weekend in November.

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