Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Springs National Park is a United States National Park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park, located by Hot Springs, Arkansas, has a long history of being a peaceful healing and meditating spot for Native Americans. Its warm waters and plentiful minerals had many healing properties. Native Americans made pacts and promised to share the springs and keep it peaceful. Until its discovery in 1541 by Hernado de Soto, it wasn't known by anyone except the natives. The owners of the springs switched around between the French and Spanish until the land was purchased by Thomas Jefferson in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1921, Hot Springs became a national park thanks to the National Park Service. Roads and trails were made going around the springs and mountains nearby. Early bathhouses were made out of wood so tourists could experience the thermal, rich water for themselves.

The Hot Springs' supply of water comes from underground rivers, heated by the earth. There is no volcanic activity involved. The springs contain many minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, etc. There are many mountains covered with lovely plant growth, great for hiking.

Hot Springs National Park is an excellent tourist destination, and an extremely wondrous national park.

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America, Arkansas, Bathhouses, France, Hernando De Soto, Hiking, Hot Springs, Hot Springs National Park, Louisiana Purchase, Minerals, Mountains, National Park Service, Native Americans, Spain, Springs, Underground Rivers, United States, Water

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