Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Steve Arrison, CEO of
Springs for a discovery of the diversity of attractions in and
around town. Activities include hiking in the Hot Springs National
Park, golfing, and betting on the horses at Oaklawn Race
Track--the home of legendary world-class horses, including last
year’s triple-crown winner.
Arrison also talks about the town’s historic connection with
America’s favorite pastime. Professional baseball teams started
coming to Hot Springs for spring training back in 1886 and
continued through the mid-1940s when Florida and Arizona tempted
the teams away with warmer springtime climates.
There’s another fascinating dimension to Hot Springs’ history—it
was one of America’s top gambling destinations long before the rise
of Vegas, attracting Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and other infamous
gangsters from around the country who loved to hang out in Hot