By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 3, 2021) – In Issue 2021-41 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we take a dip into hot springs lore

Hot springs in Arkansas (Stock Photos)


Many hot springs throughout the world have been considered to possess medicinal properties.  However, one in question that is now a U.S. National Park was the subject of healing legends among several Native American tribes.

We are talking about the Hot Springs National Park which was established 100 years ago today. 

This area of central Arkansas is home to many public bathhouses using water from the springs.  Even the Army and Navy General hospital, now Rehabilitation Center, gets water from the springs.

This National Park was the smallest in area for nearly 100 years, until the Gateway National park in St. Louis took that honor three years ago.

Here is Gray’s map of Arkansas from 1873.

Map of Arkansas from 1873 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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