RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses
Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.
Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.
Park Podcasts offer supplemental information about the architecture of the bathhouses, treatments in the Fordyce Bathhouse, and the hot spring water. You might want to consider using them for listening exercises and enrichment.
Check back periodically to see what's been added.
Investigating the hot spring water:
Keeping with the Routine: African American Bathhouse Attendants. Learn about working in a bathhouse when most bath attendants were African American.
Bathhouses of Hot Springs National Park
Did You Know?
The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.