DeSoto Fountain

DeSoto Fountain in men’s bath hall, Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park, August 19, 2012

DeSoto Fountain in men’s bath hall,
Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park,
August 19, 2012

Built in 1914-15, the Fordyce bathhouse is the most elaborate and was the most expensive of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, the cost including fixtures and furniture being $212,749.55 US. It was closed on June 29, 1962, the first of the Row establishments to fall victim to the decline in popularity of therapeutic bathing. Fordyce Bathhouse has served as the park visitor center since 1989.


Note: The image is stitched together from multiple images, which sometimes results in straight lines appearing curved.

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  • Hilary Jan 18, 2016

    Hi Mike – what a fascinating place to see … pity it’s an Information Centre, but I guess better in use than to have been destroyed. Cheers Hilary

    • Mike Jan 18, 2016

      It is certainly interesting. Fortunately the eight bathhouses on bathhouse row still survive, though only one is still in active use.
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