Before Las Vegas and Florida evolved into tourist destinations, Arkansans had Hot Springs and the Arlington Hotel.
Since its opening, the Arlington has hosted a number of people such as Joe T. Robinson, Babe Ruth, Kate Smith and even infamous gangster Al Capone. The hotel, completed in 1875, was destroyed on April 5, 1923, by a fire that sparked a discussion to rebuild the entire hotel across Fountain Street.
On Nov. 28, 1924, the third and current version of the Arlington Hotel was completed, and today, the hotel continues to be one of the most identifiable landmarks in Hot Springs.
– Alfred Warren, Ghidotti Communications