• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Physical Culture at the Fordyce Bathhouse

The Fordyce Bathhouse boasted the best gymnasium in the southwest in 1915. Watch a living history demonstration by Ranger Jeff Heitzman about how some of the equipment was used.

Indian Clubs
Dumbbells
Calisthenics Rod
Pully Weight System

Read more about physical culture.

Did You Know?

black and white photo of bronze eagle on top of limestone

In 1892 U.S. Army Lt. Robert R. Stevens hired the noted Boston firm of Frederick Law Olmsted to create landscaping plans for Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. Stevens rejected the firm’s plans in 1893, but some features were adopted and still survive today.