Buckstaff, Quapaw, Ozark, Fordyce

We continued our southern journey in Hot Springs, Arkansas – childhood home of President Clinton.

While most of the spas in Hot Springs have long since turned over, there were still a few that are operational. The beautiful old bathhouse buildings still line the main drag and it was clear the bathhouses were incredibly popular in the 1920’s. Around the turn of the century wealthy would flock to Hot Springs because they believed the mineral water would cure a wide variety of ailments. We got one of the traditional treatments from this era at the Buckstaff Bathhouse – which is now owned by the National Park Service. The treatment consisted of: soaking in a personal whirlpool bath, lying under steaming hot towels, sitting in a small tub that covers the lower back, steaming in a small closet, and then rinsing off in a floor to ceiling shower.

It definitely was an effective way of working out some of the kinks from the road!

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