It actually got quite warm and muggy, with a high of 81F (28C). We were sweating by the time we got to town, and I had worn jeans thinking it was cool out! Oh well...!
This is now a rehabilitation hospital, but it was originally built as a combined Army-Navy hospital. This building was put up in the 1930's, replacing an original structure from 1882. Back then people believed in the healing powers of the hot springs and so this was a logical choice for a hospital at the time.
Not the best picture, but this is the only natural spring still flowing.
The water temperature coming out of the ground is 143F.
The rest have all been capped or piped for use in buildings.
We walked around town and saw the original bath houses that are now all part of the Hot Springs National Park. The springs and bath houses were very popular from 1900 to 1940, but the first bath house closed down in 1962 as more "modern" medical practices discounted the value of the baths. The last one closed 1984, however since then a modern health spa has opened that uses the hot springs water.
They have restored the Fordyce bath house and it now serves as the visitors center. Some of the rooms and equipment in them look more like a torture chambers than anything!
Some kind of dipping tub
We hiked back to the campground and had a late lunch. The afternoon was nice and we just sat around and read our books. Being a Sunday afternoon, the campground was pretty quiet, although some motorcycle tenters arrived after dinner.
We didn't have a great sleep last night because it rained quite a bit and with a lot of thunder that lasted a long time! This morning is overcast, but we have to do some driving. Plan on making it into Texas today, but we have to find a laundromat and some groceries along the way.