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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.

Oral History Collection


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 photo of Rector's bathhouse, a small one story frame building near the edge of Hot Springs Creek

In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.