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Seven Points: 1900

Seven Points: 1900

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "Seven Points." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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My School

It's really neat to me to see this because I am currently in the senior class at the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts and I'm quite interested in the campuses past so to see this is really cool. And it saddens me as well that they are going to tear some of the buildings down but some of them are staying like the old intensive care building and the "newest" addition to it when it was a hospital. But I did ask why they are tearing down the old 1926 building and it's because it's so old that it's a money hole to keep up and running and that's why they are building a completely new campus behind the current one that is scheduled to open for the incoming junior class next year. The photo I've included is one I took of the school currently.

What was the population back then?

Garland County, AR, had a total population of 18,873. How large was Hot Springs?

Large enough for a trolley, at any rate.

Still Wondering

What were the 'Seven Points'?

Hotel Josephine

According to an 1886 Sanborn map, the Hotel Josephine was at the corner of Whittington Avenue and Cedar Street. Just to the left was the Southern Hotel. That block is now occupied by the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, housed in the "new" St. Joseph's hospital building, built in 1926. Sadly, they plan on demolishing the grand hospital building.

The large building in the background with the two crosses is the original St. Joseph's Infirmary, built in a converted hotel circa 1888.

The church at left is St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church (est. 1869). The church was rebuilt in 1923.

Looks like a Studio Back Lot

I think it's actually Universal Studios, I can see the Munsters house!

Bessie Smith wrote a blues about it.

"If you ever get crippled, let me tell you what to do.
Lord, if you ever get crippled, let me tell you what to do
Take a trip to Hot Springs, and let 'em wait on you."

From Bessie Smith's "Hot Springs Blues," a song she wrote
in 1926, after visiting her husband there—he had suffered
a nervous breakdown, or so he said.

New Atlanta

It's New Atlanta, silly, not Hot Springs. ;-)

Seven Points

What are they?

Future home of what president?

Bill Clinton went to elementary school in Hot Springs!

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