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Hot Springs Arkansas—Home of America’ Smallest National Park

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Release Date: 05/02/2016

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot 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 Springs.

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