The Hot Springs Opera House

By Elizabeth Robbins, photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society Where did Hot Springs go for arts and entertainment long ago? The best of the early theaters was

Presidential Guests

By Elizabeth Robbins, photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society On a scorching June 10, 1936, the largest crowd up to that time in Hot Springs history massed at

Working in Garland County

By Elizabeth Robbins, photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society There is a long tradition of selfless work for others in Garland County.

NPS Celebrating 100th Birthday

Photography courtesy of Hot Springs National Park Natural Resource Program The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on Aug.

The Irish-American Mayor

From New York City’s Jimmy Walker to Chicago’s Richard J. Daley, many cities have had interesting Irish American mayors.

Celebrity and Service

Photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society Hot Springs’ history isn’t just the stories of people and buildings and floods and fires.

Bat Masterson

Photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society Buffalo hunter, Army scout, lawman, gambler, saloon operator, boxing promoter, and sports writer — Bat Masterson playe

Traveling Back in Time

The third Arlington Hotel sits on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Fountain Street, and the Park Hotel rises at 210 Fountain St.

Aftermath of Pearl Harbor

Photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor galvanized the nation, including Hot Springs and Garland County.

Hot Springs’ Leading Lady

Photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society Who was Alta Smith? Many people today don’t remember her, but Hot Springs owes a great deal to this remarkable woman.