French Lick and West Baden Springs, Indiana (Postcard History Series)
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French Lick and West Baden Springs, Indiana (Postcard History Series)

by John Martin Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0738551333

ISBN-13: 9780738551333

Pub. Date: 06/13/2007

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC


During the heyday of spas, two luxurious hotels, owned by flamboyant competing visionaries, attracted the rich and famous to southern Indiana. Hotel guests came from throughout the United States in search of cures and pleasure. Among the many noted celebrities visiting the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, Joe

Overview


During the heyday of spas, two luxurious hotels, owned by flamboyant competing visionaries, attracted the rich and famous to southern Indiana. Hotel guests came from throughout the United States in search of cures and pleasure. Among the many noted celebrities visiting the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, Joe Lewis, and professional golfer Walter Hagen, and the West Baden Springs Hotel was known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” After years of neglect, the two hotels have been restored to their original splendor. Legalization of gambling and the building of a “riverboat” casino between the hotels have lured pleasureseekers to celebrate modernday opulence and recreation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738551333
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/13/2007
Series:
Postcard History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,138,597
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
French Lick Springs Hotel: Gold Leaf, Stained Glass, and Marble     11
West Baden Springs Hotel: The Eighth Wonder of the World     49
Recreation Opportunities: Golf Balls, Clay Pigeons, and Elephants     77
The Springs: Pluto Water and Sprudel Water     93
Twisting the Tiger's Tail: Gambling in the Heartland     101
Getting There: The Monon Connection     113
Paoli and Orange County: In the Cumberland Hills     121

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