Hot Springs Bath and Swimming Pool

Contributors:
William Murdoch, contractor;
Dates:
Ca. 1884-1886
Location:
Hot Springs, Madison County
Street Address:
Hot Springs, NC
Status:
No longer standing
Type:
Recreational
Note:
The thermal springs site is one of the oldest known health resorts in the state, used by the Cherokees long before white travelers heard about the springs. Located on the Buncombe Turnpike, then the Western North Carolina Railroad, the community first named Warm Springs had a grand hotel by the mid-19th century. The hotel burned in 1884 and was replaced by 1886, accompanied by elaborate marble-lined bathing and swimming facilities. In 1886 discovery of a hotter spring led to the name change to Hot Springs.