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Trav­el­ing Back in Time

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In This Issue -

Have you ever wished you had a time ma­chine—one that would whisk you back to the “old days” in Hot Springs? The Gar­land County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is proud to present its time ma­chine: “Then & Now: Hot Springs, Arkansas” by Mike Blythe. This newly pub­lished book of pho­to­graphs trans­ports you to his­toric Hot Springs and also shows how our city has evolved.

GCHS vol­un­teer Mike found in­trigu­ing his­toric pho­tos in our col­lec­tions. Some­times in the mid­dle of streets, some­times af­ter climb­ing rusty lad­ders to the tops of build­ings, he took pho­to­graphs of the same lo­ca­tions to com­pare Hot Springs “then” with Hot Springs “now.” Iconic Hot Springs land­marks and scenes on Park, Whit­ting­ton, Cen­tral, Oua­chita, and Malvern av­enues, as well as at other lo­ca­tions, are fea­tured in this beau­ti­ful 172-page book.

The $25 book is avail­able at the Gar­land County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety ar­chives, 328 Qua­paw, 8 a.m.–noon, Mon­day through Fri­day (321-2159) or on their web­site, gar­land­coun­ty­his­tor­i­cal­so­ci­ety.com.

By El­iz­a­beth Rob­bins, pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of the Gar­land County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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

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