Hot Springs National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Hot Springs Mountain Tower

    by Toughluck Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    The springs are located on the east side of Central Ave, behind the Bathhouses. This is Hot Springs Mountain. There is a pleasant drive up the mountain to the Tower. The entrance is at the north end of Bathhouse Row (Central Ave), turning onto Fountain St (right at the Arlington Hotel, which is blocking you from going straight anyways). A block up Fountain Street on the right is the Hot Springs Mountain Drive.

    The views are wonderful. There are few overlooks, but a ride up the tower gives you a wider perspective of the area. At the top is a museum of local history and the hot springs. The tower is fully accessible to a person in a wheel chair, with an elevator and flat thresholds throughout. Only the Gift shop on the ground level is tight with all the items they've crammed into the area to sell.

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    Drive West Mountain

    by Toughluck Written Jan 26, 2007

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    The road up West Mountain can be driven from either end. The south entrance is on Prospect Avenue about 1 mile (1.6km)west of Bathhouse road. The north entrance is off Whittington Ave about 1 mile from the north end of Bathhouse road. The road had significant traffic as some local drivers use it to avoid having to pass up the slow moving Central Ave. along Bathhouse Row. If you're interested in a slower pace, take the West Mountain Summit Drive up to the top of West Mountain. Since you'll have to come back the same way, there are only visitors up here. There are several overlooks with views of the city and the forests, as well as three trails that begin or end at the overlooks. Take a short walk or a long walk.

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    National Baptist Bathhouse

    by Toughluck Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    1951 February The National Baptist Bathhouse opened for business on the 8th. Since their creation, the 'bathhouses' did not let Blacks use their services. There were many Blacks working in the bathhouses, but they were not allowed to be patron. In 1951, The National Baptist Association opened a bathhouse exclusively for Black patrons.

    1982 The National Baptist Hotel and Bathhouse closed 13 November and was put up for sale the following year.

    Presently the building is closed and in disrepair. It is located on Malvern Road, east of Bathhouse row about 1-1/2 miles.

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    Army-Navy Hospital

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    1882 An act was passed establishing an Army and Navy General Hospital; it was offered as an amendment by Gen. John A. Logan, a U. S. senator from Illinois who had benefited from the springs. 1887 The first Army-Navy Hospital opened. The original complex of five buildings was designed by J. L. Smithmeyer

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