Quapaw – Modern pools
Fordyce Bathhouse – now the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center and Museum
Buckstaff – traditional bathhouse
From the dressing room, I was taken to another cubicle containing only a porcelain tub with a whirlpool, full with hot mineral spring water awaited me. My bath attendant, Mattie, had over 35 years experience. She actually used my loofah mitt and rubbed my back, my arms and my legs. Heck, the last time someone bathed me like that, it was when I was a very little girl by my nanny in Peru. I almost asked Mattie to make sure she didn’t miss behind my ears. I was left to soak in hot, hot water, and asked to sip hot water for about 20 minutes. I’ve never done that before.
I was not uncomfortable at all as I was wrapped in the toga all the time when I went from station to station. After being wrapped so many times, I am now ready for a toga party.
John told me he had a similar experience, however not in the same order. He enjoyed it as well.
The following day, we opted to take the duck tour, Jackson too. It was really not much different than any other duck tour in any city, except for its destination. Jackson knew he was on land and the next thing he knew, he was on water. Talk about being confused!
This one took us to Lake Hamilton, which is one of the three lakes in the area. Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita (pronounced wachita) and Lake Catherine. We saw the Hamilton House which was the first house ever built on Lake Hamilton and apparently became a “secret” gambling place. The house had a 70′ underground tunnel that would lead the guests out of the house through the door (right below the house’s name) onto the backyard dock where a boat would pick them up whenever the cops raided the house. When the cops left, the boat returned, and the party continued. The house was sold and it became a restaurant, then sold again and it became a Bed and Breakfast Inn. It is currently up for sale.
We opted to dine at the Ohio Bar a well known gangster bar still in operation. The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was really a lot of fun.
We also drove around the Hot Springs National Park and went to the top of the Mountain Tower. The city of Hot Springs is surrounded by the National Park, so it is truly a beautiful area. Water filling stations can be seen everywhere and people are encouraged and welcome to take home as much as they can carry.
Our last night in Hot Springs, we were pelted with dime sized hail . Fortunately we did not sustain any damage. We left Hot Springs on our wait to Petit Jean State Park, between Russellville and Conway.