Teddy knew what he was doing for the future of the United States when he designated land, sites and monuments as National treasures. After his death in 1919, his legacy continued as more valuable pieces of our country were recognized for the wealth they inherently brought to the people. One such prized possession is the Arkansas Hot Springs National Park. When we think of national parks, its not an elaborate catering menu of complex ideas, what normally comes to mind is a vast area covering thousands of acres, away from the city and a relaxing drive out of town.
This relatively little gem is located in the city with it’s world renowned bathhouses situated right on Central Avenue, the main street in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is considered small, covering only 5,500 acres of land, but what it has to offer is more than grand vistas and sweeping views. The day I visited, renovation was being done on one of the minor bathhouses, and movers were bringing in new porcelain tubs used for individual bathers. I was told that the natural hot springs, with their mineral-rich waters required constant upkeep to maintain a desirably high standard.