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Hot Springs Once Over

October 31, 2016

Life Unscripted

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Hot Springs in the 19th Century was a very much different place than it is today. When Emmanual Prudhomme arrived in Hot Springs in 1807 he was the first white man to spend significant time here, and he came because he had heard of the healing powers of the hot springs to be found here. It was an area that had been known about since 1673 when Father Marquette and Jolliet claimed the land for France.  in 1763 the land was ceded to Spain, it was reclaimed by France in 1800, and finally became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. He settled in among indigenous people from three Indian Nations among them the Quapaw, who’s people had been using the hot springs for centuries. By 1870 the population had risen to 1200; by 1873 there were 6 bathouses and 24 hotels and boarding houses!

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