Saturday, January 7, 2012

Road Tour of the area around Hot Springs Arkansas

We started the day off by touring around the rest of Hot Springs National Park.


Then we went to Lake Ouachita State Park for lunch, This is a huge man made lake around Hot Springs. This is also the home of ‘Three Springs Mineral Waters’.

“Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline.

Located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs on the lake's eastern shore, Lake Ouachita State Park is your gateway to this popular water sports lake”





The 3 Sisters Springs property changed hands in 1883 and was sold once again in 1904 to Robert Mooney. Throughout this time the springs were just open pools of water. In 1907, when Mooney sold out to W.M. Cecil and partners they began developing McFadden’s Three Sisters Springs Resort.

Cecil became the sole owner after buying out his partners In the mid-1930s. He made the area into a resort with cottages and a spring house and opened a bottling company, claiming each spring could cure a different set of diseases. He named his bottled product World’s Wonder Waters. The water was distributed throughout the United States. The cost of the water in 1927 was $.10 per bottle.

After the site underwent another ownership change in 1939, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acquired it in 1951 in conjunction with its Lake Ouachita construction project.

See for all the ailments the spring was claimed to cure.


Scenic Highway


We took the scenic drive up to Nimrod Lake Dam site on the Fourche Lafave River.



On the way back we found this fix-er-up-er.


Tomorrow we go to Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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