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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738551333
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/13/2007
  • Series: Postcard History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 805,186
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


John Martin Smith, a former president of the Indiana Historical Society, has been active in many historical endeavors. He is the author of several books, including Kendallville and Noble County, Angola and Steuben County, DeKalb County, Allen County, and Auburn: The Classic City.
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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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