Creator

Date Original

1916

Description

A souvenir brochure for Hot Springs with photographs of various bath houses, amusements and points of interest.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Cutter first made guide books to Hot Springs from 1873 until 1918. He describes the history of Hot Springs when De Soto and his army were the first white men to visit the Hot Lakes in the winter of 1541-42. There were no hot lakes in America and thus it was referred to as Hot Springs.
Later after the Louisiana Purchase, President Thomas Jefferson in 1804 sent an exploring party of Hunter and Dunbar to Hot Springs to examine the temperature of the springs, surrounding mountains and the cold mineral springs.

John Perciful and Isaac Cates also went there in later years. Baths were taken in creeks and pools near the hot springs. The hot water was expected to relieve certain conditions like rheumatism and other chronic diseases.

Hot Springs, a city of 15,000 people and located fifty miles west of Little Rock, became a year-round health resort. 1916 proved to be a banner year for Hot Springs as railroads finally ran to the city.

The bath houses were operated under rules of the Secretary of the Interior. Eleven bath houses that were on the reservation at the base of Hot Springs Mountain and were known as "Bath House Row."

Physical Description

40 pages; 10.5" x 6.5"

Subjects

Souvenirs; Travel

Contributor

Charles Cutter & Son

Geographical Area

Hot Springs, Garland County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000657, 1957 Arkansas State Parks brochure

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Printed Ephemera

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Cutter's Gem Souvenir of Arkansas's Hot Springs, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

Comments

Cutter's guides show beautiful views of Hot Springs, its bath houses and buildings. - Sheila Bevill

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