New Use for NPS Bathhouse-Microbrewery

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March 12, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., will now house a microbrewery. The smallest of the buildings on Bathhouse Row, it is one example of how the federal government is working with private enterprise to use national resources in new ways.

A stately component of Bathhouse Row at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is moving from soothing patrons with hot waters to slaking them with microbrews, National Parks Traveler reported.

The Superior Bathhouse was built in 1916, closed in 1983, gutted in the 1990s when its fixtures were removed and its plaster wallcoating removed, and rehabilitated in 2008, according to Park Service records. Now it will house a microbrewery run by Vapor Valley Spirits Inc., park officials announced last week.

"We are very excited about the possibilities and thrilled that another one of these beautiful buildings will be re-opening to serve visitors and offer a new experience in the park," said Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez.

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