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In 1832 Hot Springs, Arkansas, was set aside as a Federal reservation to protect 47 hot springs.
In 1870 the area was protected by Congress as the Hot Springs Reservation and in 1921 it was made a National Park.
Mineral springs have been used for their medicinal properties since ancient times.
By 1800, places like Saratoga Springs, New York, Berkeley Springs and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and French Lick, Indiana, were becoming popular American resorts.
Between 19 three Federal agencies, the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and War, initiated and administered separate groups of National Monuments.