Containing portions of downtown Hot Springs, Ark., this national park is regarded as one of the most easily accessible in the country. Over the years, the land here has been considered the source of healing and medicinal legends from both Native American tribes and Victorian era doctors. It was set aside by an act of Congress that helped pave the way for the National Park System and soon developed into a successful spa town, treating everyone from military veterans to Al Capone. The smallest national park by area, it is also the oldest park maintained by the park service. Hot Springs National Park and the city around it tell a unique story from American history, one about a hunt for miracle cures, prohibition, early vacationers and geothermal wonders.
The wonders of Hot Springs are both natural and man-made. The geothermal waters have created unique water formations and the mineral content of these waters have long baffled researchers trying to find what healing elements can be gleaned from them. Visitors to the park not only marvel at these natural wonders but at the beautiful hotels and bathhouses constructed during the Gilded Age, constructed to accommodate the many famous and wealth visitors to the area. Hot Springs was a popular vacation destination for baseball teams in spring training during the late 1800s as well as supreme court justices, gangsters, gamblers, World War I and II veterans, and robber barons. Today, bathing in the waters is still allowed for a price, but there is much more than healing waters to this national park.
While many communities have survived the state’s tumultuous history, not all have been so lucky. As Louisiana’s lands changed hands, so did the culture and center of its population. Cities rose and fell based on who was in power, some disappearing completely off the map when their residents were forced elsewhere. Changes in nature ranging from the flowing waters of mighty rivers to the merciless winds of hurricanes destroyed others while some fell victim to more man-made disasters. The story of Louisiana’s lost cities are the story of the state itself, showing changes in society, economics and even the very nature of the Bayou State.
Alberta - The Sawmill City
From strange faces appearing in the pavement of a Spanish town to a monastery where the bones of past residents make up part of the decor to a haunted forest in the dark heart of Eastern Europe to a lake that looks like it hovers above the sea, there are plenty of amazing sites in Europe. While some are created naturally others are man made but all have an awe-inspiring power that keep people coming back to unravel their secrets.
Both male and female faces began to appear in the concrete floor of the house over the course of several years. By 1972, the home had become a tourist attraction and hundreds of visitors flocked to Belmez to inspect "The House of Faces" for themselves. Meanwhile, the researchers working on the concrete slab the family had sent them deduced the faces were not made by any paint or dye. In fact, the researchers couldn't find any way to explain why the faces were appearing.
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