Tamara's Journeys

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Sunday in South Dakota: Hot Springs

July 16th, 2017

For thousands of years natural hot springs have been prized for their healing powers.

The city of Hot Springs, SD was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on their six major springs of warm mineral waters. Waters I couldn’t wait to soak my own weary bones in. The valley of healing waters, called “wiwila kata” by the Lakota (meaning warm waters), was prized for the warm spring-fed river. Both the Lakota and Cheyenne utilized the natural river of warm water springs that flows through present-day Hot Springs.

In 1881 the spring was traded for a horse valued at thirty-five dollars! It was then sold as Plunge Springs to Dr. Stewart who saw the natural mineral springs as a cure-all for a multitude of illnesses. Dr. Stewart purchased the biggest spring of them all, and one of the warmest at 87 degrees. Its waters flow up through the gravel bottom of Evans Plunge.  It totally re-charges the soothing water in the indoor water park seven times a day. http://www.evansplunge.com/our-story/

The spring bed was made up of smooth river rocks that felt like a foot massage.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD is an active paleontological dig site located near the Evan Springs Plunge. The site boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world!  Their current mammoth count is 61, with 58 Columbian and 3 woolly mammoths…all YOUNG MALES. (make your own conclusions)  This is an especially unique National Natural Landmark! http://mammothsite.com/history/

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.