On December 28th, we left Bartlesville Oklahoma for Hot Springs, Arkansas. It’s a very cute little town, hometown of Bill Clinton and home to Hot Springs National Park. If I ever went back, I would want to enjoy a spa day on Bathhouse Row and get a massage!
Bathhouse Row is the epicenter of the town, consisting of eight original houses, built between 1892 and 1923. I only got to spend a day there, but I loved every second! I got my Junior Ranger, toured a museum, and marveled at the history of such a unique place. My Hot Springs Junior Ranger badge took the last spot on my hat! I’ve worked so hard on my Junior Ranger, and I’m very proud of what I’ve done.
The Bathhouses were constructed in the Victorian fashions of the time period. Complete with a men’s smoking lounge, and a women’s social lounge. The main bathhouse, Fordyce, is a walkthrough, fully furnished bathhouse, furnished as it would have been in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Antique tubs, mosaics, crystal chandeliers, and old spa equipment.
They used to use things such as steam tubs, that are these giant steel boxes that one would sit in, and only have his/her neck and head exposed. The box would fill with steam, and you could enjoy a steam bath. They also used showers that had five or more heads, and you could be sprayed from all angles. I would absolutely love for the chance to use antique spa things! Below is a house built in the same Victorian style as the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row.