French Lick and West Baden Springs

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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.
ISBN: 9780738551333
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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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