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Two-story Bathhouse Planned

Written by Dick Perue

Headlines in the June 7, 1900 issue of “The Saratoga Sun,” read:

Hot Springs Hotel

To Have a Two-Story Bathhouse

Added on the North Side with Waiting Rooms and Other Modern Conveniences

Hon. F. Chatterton, Secretary of State, James M. Rumsey, cashier of the First National Bank of Rawlins and R. A. Smiley, owners of the Hot Springs Hotel property, have all been here this week looking over the situation.

Mr. Weaver, who formerly owned one-fourth of the property, has disposed of his share to his partners, the above named gentlemen. The present owners have determined on radical improvements on the property, one of which is a two-story bathhouse, 20 by 32 feet, which will be built on the north side of the hotel. This building will contain bathrooms on both floors, the upper story for ladies and the lower for gentlemen. In each story there will be a large waiting room, handsomely furnished, toilet rooms and every other convenience and comfort possible for the pleasure and benefit of the patrons of the place.

The upper story will be connected with the hotel by means of a covered passage way. The hotel and bathhouse will be supplied with a system of sewerage and hot and cold baths. The tubs in the bathrooms will be of slate and made to order for the proprietors.

There will be a water tank on the top of the bathhouse, which will hold 1,160 gallons of water, supplying shower baths and as a safeguard against fire. A gasoline engine will pump the baths and supply the tank, bathhouse and hotel with water, fresh and cool from the river, which flows by the hotel door.

The hotel is handsomely re-furnished and, when the bathhouse is finished and furnished – which will be by July 15 – Manager Baker will have a hostelry second to none in the state. Both the owners of the hotel and the people of Saratoga are to be congratulated on this improvement, which will soon place this property in first class shape.