Friday, January 29, 2010

Castle Hot Springs, Arizona

Some of the postcards in our collection are actually photographs turned into postcards.
These are my favorites.
They show everyday life, dress, transportation, and architecture.

This one depicts a horse party in Castle Hot Springs in Arizona.
This was mailed to the grandparents in the early 1920s.
Strange as it might seem there are places in Arizona that still look the same way today.
The desert really never changes.

Castle Hot Springs is located in Yavapai county near Prescott, AZ.
(Prescott is pronounced Pres kett by the locals)
Prescott was the territorial capital but then so were a lot of places in the territory.
The territorial legislature were a fickle bunch.

The hot springs were discovered in 1865 by troops from Fort Whipple pursuing Indians.
In 1896 a resort was built at the hot springs.
It become the playground for the territorial governors, industrialists, wealth Americans, Presidents, and actors.
In 1976 the main building was destroyed by fire.
To learn more about the Castle Hot Springs check out the University of Northern Arizona's Heritage Waters site.

I could use a nice dip in a natural hot springs right now. Sadly, it is not to be.
Have a lovely weekend

PS: Today is my 2 year anniversary for this here blog. Weird, I don't feel any older. Must be the something in the water.


  1. It's nice to see people riding horses while wearing suits. It has panache. Cheers Michele!!

  2. Did you ever visit the waters while living in AZ? Sounds like an interesting place to check out.

    Maria and James are going to Phoenix soon. She has her flip flops packed!!

    They will be leaving behind some bitter cold. :(

  3. This is the second post I've read today about the desert. Makes me wish I could take a trip....

    Love the history with your posts.

  4. your comment on mine made me LAUGH out loud

    and I LOVE this historical stuff.

    love it.

  5. Happy Anniversary!!!! I don't even know how long I've been following you, but it's been a long time and I still think you're awesome!

  6. Two years blogging is something to celebrate. Congratulations.
    My hubby was raised in Phoenix. His brother is still there, he has been teaching there 27 years. I like the old post card.

  7. Happy Blogiversary indeed! Remember when this adventure started out as a class assignment? Love the flower art header - hand drawn and colored by the blog mistress herself :-)

  8. Thanks for visiting Gropius. Congrats on your 2 year blogging anniversary! I found my plether boots at a store called The Closet here in FL. Can't find it online for you, but I can always count on LifeStride for good non-leather boots.|Boots

    ...Love Arizona & the desert!

  9. I would love a dip too.

  10. Happy Blogoversary!!!! That's wonderful!!!

    I think I could sit with you and pore through your postcard collection for hours and be completely happy!

  11. I have yet to hit the hot springs here in CA, waiting for the right gu.., I mean time.

  12. I'd jump in those hot springs with you if I could.

    Happy blogiversary, Michele!

  13. Love the old postcards. My daughter collects them, especially loves those with writing on the back.
    Happy Blogoversary!

  14. Aww, happy blogiversary, you old pro! You and SK were born on the same blogday!