Rich is drinking the 4,000 year old hot mineral water at one of the water stations where anyone can fill containers with water at no cost or limit.
In the historic downtown and on Bathhouse Row there are several hot springs fountains. Here comes a shocker...I love fountains! They fall into that category which includes installation art and sculpture...you know, like my love of bridges too. Digressing again, I know. Here are three of the fountains.
My favorite though is the one in front of the original Hot Springs National Park Visitors' Center. Just look at the fabulous coloration of the mosses and the effects of the minerals over time...magnificent.
As you might guess from the size of this bathhouse, there were treatments available for many maladies such as foot cysts, colonic problems, and others that modern medicine would cringe at today, but the main function was the healing properties of the baths. The mens' and womens' changing stalls and bathing areas were very separate but the design and materials were the same. Here is one of the individual bathing rooms.
There were dramatic differences, however, in the size and features with the women's facilities being very small and utilitarian while the much larger men's facilities are quite grand.
These are doors to two of the seven bathing rooms in the women's area.
There were thirty bathing rooms in the mens' area surrounding a large open area that is lined with marble benches as seen here. In the center of this area is the fountain with a sculpture of DeSoto being offered a drink by an Indian maiden.
This stained glass ceiling is centered above the sculpture/fountain in the mens' opulent bathing facility.
Two other areas that have been restored with their original equipment and furnishings...
The equipment displayed in the men's gymnasium are original pieces.
The large assembly room on the third floor was a gathering place for all guests of the Fordyce. The intricately patterned tile floor gives the impression of a carpet and the curved ceiling has several full-width stained glass panels.
Let's be clear. No doubt this is more information than you ever wanted about hot springs bathing facilities but after Rich and I spent
Lovin' Life ~~ Even This Tour