Spring has arrived in south Texas and summer is quickly moving in, so it's time for us to begin our migration north. This spring we are taking a little detour through Arkansas and Kentucky. Exploring a few new places on our way first to Pennsylvania and then up to the lake to get The Pearl ready for another season.
Our first stop on our way north was Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hot Springs is a resort city known for naturally heated springs. It's home to Hot Springs National Park. This park is different from any other national park, because most of it is within the city of Hot Springs.
Many people recognize Yellowstone to be the first national park in our country, but Hot Springs National Park was actually the first land set aside for recreational purposes by the United States Government for its natural beauty and cultural significance. Congress established the Hot Springs Reservation on April 20, 1832. Eighty four years before the National Park Service was created. It became a national park in 1921.
Bathhouse Row consists of eight bathhouses that were originally built between 1892 and 1923. Today, two of the bathhouses are still in use while the other buildings have been converted into museums and other businesses.