Hot Springs, Arkansas takes it’s names from the 47 natural thermal water springs that can be found in the downtown district of the city. Around a million gallons of this water flow from the springs every day. Studies have shown that the water that reaches the surface in Hot Springs fell as rainfall in a watershed 4,000 years earlier. The water percolates very slowly down through the earth’s surface until is reaches superheated areas deep in the crust and then rushes rapidly to the surface to emerge from the Hot Springs at 147 degrees.
Bathhouse Row, which consists of eight turn-of-the-century buildings are built where the hot springs reach the surface. These bathhouses have been a major tourist attraction due to the thermal mineral waters for many years. Two of these bathhouses are still in operation today.