Mom and dad in front of the “pipe organ” at Mystic Cave in Arkansas. This cave was different than our last cave in that it was more of a “used” cave. There was black smoke on the formations from when a distillery was hidden in the cave to make moonshine. There also used to be a dance floor between formations and they still have Christmas Eve services in the cave with candlelight.
This formation was called the crystal bell. White crystals glisten from it, thus the name.
Mom commented that this sign must mean “watch your children do cool things on the high cliffs”!
The 47 springs are covered to protect water quality. These provide water for the town, freely available to the public at several water stations. Many locals visit these stations to fill up jugs for home use.
143 degree water emerges from the spring. This is a bit cooler after having been piped over their fountains, but still very hot!
Mom enjoying a relaxing bath.
The stained glass above the fountain previously pictured. The women got no such statue, fountain, or stained glass and had many fewer tubs.
Sitting in the lobby of the Fordyce bathhouse.
Enjoyed gelato at the Superior Baths.
A now and then shot next to the hot spring behind the Fordyce bathhouse. The photo on the right was taken in July 1997 when we were down in Arkansas for Paul’s Central States ham radio conference. We were missing David to get the full replica shot!
We brought our Little Caesar’s pizza to Sonic for half price shakes.