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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

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  • 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.

  • Elevator closure

    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.

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Cancelled

    Due to the 100th anniversary celebration for the Fordyce Bathhouse, there will be no Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park for 2015. Check back later next year for announcements and application information for the 2016 AIR program.

Oral History Collection

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Fordyce Bathhouse employees

National Park Service image from HOSP archives

In the early 1980s interpretive rangers at Hot Springs National Park began recording oral accounts from some of the bathing attendants and other employees of the various bathhouses in town. These accounts include the recorded interview, written transcription, and photographs of each person interviewed. Later interviews were also conducted by local historians and park staff.

Below are links to the audio recordings and their text transcriptions. The audio files are large, so please be patient while they load.

 
 

Claudine Adams Audio Interview Transcript

 
 
Myrtle Cheatham

Myrtle Cheatham Audio Interview Transcript

 

Florine B. Coe Audio Interview Transcript

 
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Ernest Lemons Audio Interview Transcript

 

Audrey Olds Audio Interview Transcript

 

Elbert Payton Audio Interview Transcript

 

Eugenia Payton Audio Interview Transcript

 

Alfred Peppers Audio Interview Transcript

 

Marcus Phillips Audio Interview Transcript

 
Alroy Puckett

Alroy Puckett Audio Interview Transcript

 
 
Marylon Taylor

Marylon Taylor Audio Interview Transcript

 
 
Lewis "Snook" Wesson

Lewis "Snook" Wesson Audio Interview Transcript

 
Donna Woolard

Donna Woolard Audio Interview Transcript

Did You Know?

black and white head and shoulders shot of James Cary with ranger hat on and building in background

Hot Springs National Park Ranger James Cary was the first National Park Service ranger to be killed in the line of duty. He was shot by bootleggers while patrolling West Mountain on March 12, 1927.