Hot Springs National Park: Part Two

 A second good morning to you, my friends. This is Part Two of our visit to Hot Springs National Park. You can find my Part One post right here. So let's start again at the beginning of Bathhouse Row.

We were preparing to walk this main walkway along the bathhouses.

This first structure was "Superior Baths." It was a bathhouse, restaurant, and craft brewery. We had lunch here on the walk back. I was hoping to pick up a t-shirt for Erik here, but the only one in his size was kind of dumb. I passed. 😞

Walking on, we came to the Hale Bathhouse. I'll post the informational signs below each one.

Turning directly around, The Waters was right across the street. This wasn't a part of Bathhouse Row, but I thought the building was interesting. You can read a little about it at its website.

Walking on, we came to Maurice Bathhouse. The information sign follows.

This fountain spouts hot water, and it too was producing steam.

This structure is the Fordyce Bathhouse. It is the park’s visitor center, and there is a self-guided tour available. You can read more about it at that link I’ve given you.

Except for our lunch, this was the only other structure where we went inside. There was a self-guided tour of the place. Mike has to wait for me while I take picture after picture. After nearly 49 years of marriage, he's used to this.

The beautiful tile floors in here were impressive. It reminded me of our Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Looking left it looked like this. 

Looking right, it looked like this. The self-guided tour started at the far end of this room.

These were essentially spas, as we know them today. Folks traveled for miles around to soak in the therapeutic mineral waters. This is what one might expect checking in here for a treatment.

I'm posting the rooms and signs as we came to them.

Apparently, I didn't take a picture of the "pack room" because it looked just like the cooling room.

Mike thought this next part looked like a torture chamber. I can imagine it would feel a little claustrophobic to be encased in one of these "cabinets."

Not surprisingly, bath attendants were expected to be more professional as interest and popularity gained.

Men and women were separated, as you might expect.

These stained glass skylights extended the whole length of the room. They seemed partially covered during our visit, but I can imagine they let in a lot of sunlight when fully opened.

This was in the middle of the men's bathhall.

Both men and ladies' had a parlor room. The men's was under renovation.

They offered a full slate of services.

This is where you would have slept on a multi-day stay.

And, of course, any therapeutic treatment would have been improved with the use of the gymnasium.

And look at this historical version of what we know as a hot tub today.

If you were going to use this pool, you'd first need to don your swimsuit...nothing too revealing, please.

And again, look at this beautiful tile work.

We were nearly finished with our tour. There was a large sign with bits of information. We were amused by this.

That was the end of our tour of the Fordyce Bathhouse. Walking on, we came to the Quapaw Bathhouse.

Here's a little closer look at the dome.

I must have missed the sign for this one, but here's a little information from the website: The Quapaw Bathhouse opened in 1922. It is the longest building on Bathhouse Row, occupying the site of two previous bathhouses, the Horseshoe and Magnesia. Vacant since closing in 1984, it was the first to be leased for adaptive reuse. It reopened as a family-oriented spa in late June 2008.

Next was the Ozark Bathhouse.

Next was the Buckstaff Bathhouse.

And, finally, the Lamar Bathhouse.

From there, we turned and walked back to the beginning and had some lunch. After lunch we returned to the RV. After drinking a beer and some hard cider, we both took short naps.

Today we'll move along to Morrilton, Arkansas, and spend three nights at Petite Jean State Park. We have until noon to check out here in Hot Springs, but then we can't check in at the state park until 3:00 p.m. Since our drive is short at 77 miles today, we'll visit a quilt shop in Hot Springs, and then do some grocery shopping as a way to kill time. Our three nights at the state park will complete our visit to Arkansas for this trip, and we'll move on to certain points in Missouri next. There is still lots to see my friends. Don't forget, Paducah and Missouri Star Quilt Company are coming up.


Barbara said...

Hot springs are whispers from the past, echoing serenity in the present. ~ Unknown.

piecefulwendy said...

Well, if we ever go back, we need to go back and explore a bit more. I'm fascinated with those floors and all the pretty designs.

Joni said...

Thank you for the fabulous tour of Hot Springs! I concur with Wendy that the tile floors are inspiring. The therapeutic pools were of great interest to me as my Great Grandfather, my paternal Grandmother, myself and my dad (late in life) had forms of paraplegia and used water extensively as part of healing, exercise and strengthening. When you head to MO, be sure to visit https://www.warmspringsranch.com. I only planned a 3 day visit to the area and it just wasn't enough! I'm guessing that your azaleas aren't blooming yet, mine are budded still. The lilacs are just beginning to bloom this week as well as the redbud trees, dogwoods will be next. We are experiencing cloudy skies and 20 mph winds. Safe and happy travels!

Sara said...

The architecture is fascinating and beautiful. And those tile floors - wow!

dgs said...

Pretty impressive hot springs and buildings. The bathing suit from the 1950s was a wake up call for me. Wow, how things changed in the 60's and beyond. So much more revealing.

Christine said...

Amazing place..... A jolly good visit.

Lyndsey said...

Great tour of the bathhouses and the floors are magnificent. I really enjoyed the tour.

kc said...

When we visited, back in 2007, at the start of our first full time journey, Buckstaff Baths was still open for business. It was a concession of the National (state??) Park, and, priced very affordably. I think our entire treatments cost in the neighborhood of $50. For that, we both got baths (fully attended), steam, hot towel wraps, and Driver also got a massage. Funny story..you saw how men and women bathed on different floors, right? Well, bathing suits were optional, so we took ours, cuz, well, modesty and all. Well, I carried the tote bag in, went to my floor and into the changing room I went. With HIS suit too! So, in a show of solidarity, I decided to go Lady Godiva as well. It was actually incredibly soothing and relaxing. I totally forgot that I was buck (Buckstaff?) naked and this old (at that time, I was young!!) lady was rubbing me down with a terribly exfoliating washcloth, must have been used back in Capone's day! Did you go to the hotel at the end of the street where he always stayed? Next funny, but true, story, at the end of town, by the park on the hill, there's a spring coming out of the hillside. It drops into a rock-walled pool. The water is absolutely crystal clear, but there is the softest looking algae growing in it, so very bright and green. I mean, GREEN. The water was supposed to be something like, I dunno, 112-115 degrees or some such. Well, I couldn't believe my eyes, that something so lush could be growing in water that hot...so, I stuck my bare foot in the water. Then I couldn't believe the water was THAT hot, so I stuck my hand in, just to be sure. Yep, it was THAT hot. Amazing place, but we loved it. First time we've ever had fried pickles, too. After Hot Springs, we went down to Eureka and walked the grounds and gardens of the haunted old convent. I *think* it was a convent. It may have been a monastery, or maybe a hotel. Can't remember, cuz, now I'm the old lady! But, it was beautiful stone, Sat way up on the hill, and there was a church sanctuary on the campus, about halfway down the hill.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I never dreamt there would be so many bath houses. Too bad they couldn't make them operational again because I suspect lots of people would love to take a vacation there.