Today was a short travel day, as we stopped in Hot Springs to tour the National Park and the bathhouses. I admit to not knowing any of the history of the town and the federal involvement from the very beginning. I found the way this city developed to be rather unique. A long version can be read here. The short version is that the Federal Government got involved early to protect the springs by claiming the area and created the Hot Springs Reservation in 1832. It remains under federal control today as a National Park.
We toured the Visitor Center, which was the Fordyce bathhouse and is in the middle of bathhouse row. There are 23 restored rooms as they would have been during the heyday period. It was a very interesting tour.
There is at least one bathhouse that still provides spa services. Others are now used for different purposes.
If you are not interested in having a spa day or more, the city is filled with the usual tourist stuff. If that does not appeal to you, it will take less than a day to see the sights,
We stopped for the night at Lake Chicot State Park, near Lake Village, AR. The lake is the largest Oxbow lake in North America. We had a full hookup site on the water. The park is very quiet as the season ends on July 4th, as it is too hot this time of year. I understand that, on our arrival the temperature was 97.