Religious organizations were
founded in Hot Springs. The Assembly of God
denomination was 'born' right here in the early
1900's. A plaque marks the exact spot on the
sidewalk. Many well known and famous
evangelists began their careers, selling God's word
right here in Hot Springs. Most do not acknowledge
the link between them and Hot Springs - why? I don't
Hot Springs was undoubtedly one
of the wildest towns in America.
Hot Springs, well known
internationally as a gambling mecca, boasted open
prostitution that flourished and well-known gangsters
came here to avoid the law. Warring gangs met in
peace here. Drugs flowed as freely as alcohol, which
was consumed openly on the main street that is
Central Avenue. Visitors would walk from one casino
or nightclub to the next drinks in hand. The next day
the clubs would return their glasses to their
respective owners. This was as late as the early
1960's, I know, I was a teenager and right in the
middle of it all!
Top entertainers such as Frankie
Laine appeared frequently. As a matter of fact my
good friends are the owners of a world renowned Bar B
Que restaurant. Alcohol was not served on Sunday by
law-abiding business owners. One Sunday Frankie was
eating at the restaurant and he told the founder and
owner, "If you'll get me a beer, I'll sing you a
song." To this the owner replied, "Well,
you ain't gettin' no beer." Frankie sang anyway.
While in office, Bill would fly
into town on Air Force One and "pig-out" on
his favorite combination, chopped beef sandwich and
bar b que beans. While the big Air Force One was
sitting at the airport, the staff would deliver to
the crew their favorites. The son, who is now sixty
years of age, attended school with Bill who is a few
years his Jr. but we all knew and loved Bill. I too
went to school with Bill.
The notorious and famous Wyatt
Earp came to Hot Springs for some gambling and
boozing. He got out of hand and the sheriff escorted
him out of town. Even Earp was no match for the
famous SPA officials. You could get away with about
anything as long as you were in the favor of the
establishment but if not, you were in trouble!
Hot Springs Is A Melting Pot of
Humanity, Spiritualism and The Gate To Hell!
Hell's Half Acre...
You can see Hell's Half Acre by
clicking on the appropriate link at the bottom of
this page. It is an unexplainable phenomenon, which
has been a mystery for a hundred or more years. The
eerie plot has jagged rocks and nothing grows; yet it
is surrounded by lush forest and vegetation. It is
located at the edge of Hot Springs' city limit. The
county has closed the road to it, for some reason.
The only way in now is to hike in.
anomaly in the same area is an unbelievably deep hole
in the earth. The hole is a bottomless pit, said to
be created to house a demon, which is chained within
it. Hunters caught after dark have heard its groans
of pain and shrieks of savage profanity. Local folks
make sure not to be anywhere near the place near
On The Fringe of Sci-Fi...
Some pretty intelligent people
who study the occult have a theory that it is a major
vortex into time/space. Vortex: An opening to Hell
and there, fallen angels are imprisoned in time as
discussed in the Bible, the Book of Revelation. At a
given time the fallen angels will be released to
bring about the destruction mentioned in Revelation,
chapter nine. This area is also credited by UFO
hunters as being a major 'vortex' into time/space and
many sightings are reported here. For your pleasure: http://www.buysellfind.net/hotsprings/ufo-1897.htm
Tidbits of Hot Springs
The first white person to visit
the springs was Hernando DeSoto. Desoto, with his
legions scoured the mountains in search of gold in
Once known as the Valley of the
Vapors because of mystical steam that rose from more
than forty boiling springs. Indians would lay down
their weapons and bathe in peace in the healing
The Vanishing Woman...
Theater, located at 817 Central Avenue in downtown
Hot Springs, now called the Malco Theater. The Malco
was once used for a magician's act. A German magician
Jerome Schmitar had performed in the theater nearly
100 years ago and something went wrong.
an act where he caused someone to disappear and then
reappear minutes later in the same location.
But something went wrong.
Jerome invited a
young girl from the audience to help him with his
trick. She was covered with a large piece of silk.
Jerome withdrew the silk, and to everyone's amazement
Clara Sutherland was nowhere to be found. He
commanded her to reappear. She never reappeared!
Hot Springs' most renowned local historian remembers
that the father of the young girl shot a man who
looked like Jerome, but the rest is uncertain.
the only passage (street) through downtown Hot
Springs, lies a well kept secret and an amazing
tunnel! The tunnel which begins at the north end of
Hot Springs runs underneath the entire downtown
section and eventually exits and empties into Lake
Hamilton. The tunnel is beautiful with arches and
offshoots that only a few know where they go.
However, it is a fact that gangsters, such as, Al
Capone could enter the tunnel from one casino /
nightclub and emerge into another club without ever
being seen. The first level of many of the businesses
or buildings was actually underground and the street
level is actually the second floor. I have never seen
it but have been told by many that there is actually
an arcade down there.
my share of eerie, true stories to tell. One day I
hope to pen them. If not so late I would tonight. I
have to be in the mood. Really weird stuff! I'm going
to record them real soon, right here.
off-limits and against the law to go there now. I
Indian Chief that I spoke with assures me there are
crystal caverns underneath the city. Many say this is
one of the reasons for it's inherent, powerful vortex
into time / space / hell / who knows? One thing is
for sure! This place holds a lot of interest and
always has for those who study the occult and UFO's.
people are confident that this area is one of several
(powerful) vortexes on the planet.
scientific study of the occult, they talk about 'ley'
lines and certain intersections of these 'ley' lines
that are very powerful. They are sometimes referred
to as a Vortex. The group believes that a very
powerful intersection is here in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. One of the others is where the original
Garden of Eden was.... In Iraq, where Sadam restored
Ancient Babylon. There, is where the 4 demons
referred to (Rev, 9) have been bound and will be
released soon. These demons will incarnate into flesh
& blood (men) and lead the 200 million
warriors to which the book of Revelation refers.
it be? The bible says, "Yes." My question:
What role does Hot Springs, Arkansas play in the end
time prophecy? There are definitely too many links to
the spiritual to be coincidence. I can tell you from
first-hand experience, something LARGE is about to
state with a puny little population of about 2 1/2
million people... Arkansas has produced hundreds even
thousands of people who have risen to prominence in
mention a very few:
Clinton, two term president that may well be the new
Secretary General of the United Nations. Highly
regarded by the international community and all world
leaders. I know Bill personally, went to school with
him at Ramble School and Hot Springs Jr. High. He is
the most charismatic, brilliant person I have ever
known. He's supernatural and has more charm and
personality than any human should possess.
Senator, J.W. Fullbright, one of the most
internationally influential men in recent history.
Senator Fullbright owned the Northwest Arkansas Times
a newspaper based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. One time
my business partner and I walked in to place an
advertisement in the newspaper. They refused to run
it. They said it did not meet their guidelines. We
walked out, stopped, looked at each other and in
unison declared, "We'll start our own
newspaper." We did! The RAZORBACK ROOTER was a
weekly free paper. We contracted with a nearby
newspaper to print it for us. We hired a layout man
who would come in at night and layout the paper. My
partner and I sold the advertising... We sold it for
a dime per inch more than The Times and it was full!
After a while it was no longer fun and the fellow who
was printing it for us needed a contract that was
full of potential liabilities. We quit! We had too
much to do in our main business anyway. Rest assured
that Mr. Fullbright's people put the squeeze on the
printer! He was VERY nervous when he alerted us! I
imagine he was afraid that my partner and I were
renegades and might raise a fuss! He was right! We
just had bigger fish to fry. Ohh, to be a youngster
once again! Just full of "it" and ready to
Perot was from the border town of Texarkana.
Bordering on Arkansas and Texas. I worked for the IBM
Corporation in Arkansas while Perot worked for IBM in
the Dallas office. H e was a genius! Perot had
"pull" from mighty powerful entities! You
don't want to know! Wish I didn't! And... the naive
folks think those things happen in the normal
business environment! Ignorance may be blissful after
Tyson, Tyson Foods, largest supplier of food on the
planet. I played poker with Don many years ago. He
was dynamic and a legend in his own time. When his
parents were killed by a train in the late 1960's
Tyson industries was worth a mere forty three million
dollars (if my memory serves me well) Now the worth
is in the untold billions of dollars. We
affectionately called him "Super Chicken"
in those days, as he was the largest producer of
chickens on the planet.
Walton, founder of the largest, international, retail
chain in history! Wal Mart was founded in
Bentonville, Arkansas. I was with the IBM Corporation
when Sam founded the company and I serviced the
account. The home office was on the second floor,
over a drug store, on the square. I may be wrong
about the drug store, been a long time but it was a
little retail outlet of some type. The ancient old
stairway was narrow and I had to squeeze my way up
the stairs with my service case. That was in the mid
to late 1960's. I thought money would always be easy
or I would have taken better advantage of the
opportunities I had and KNEW!!!
go on and on but you get the idea.
about talent! Entertainers such as Johnny Cash, Levon
Helm, Ronnie Hawkins, Charlie Rich, Jim Ed Brown,
K.T. Oslin and Tracy Lawrence to mention a few.
screen contributors like Billy Bob Thornton, Dick and
Jerry Van Dyke, Linda and Harry Thomason, Alan
Ladd... to mention just a very few. A lovely reader
of my page notified me that I should include Dick
Powell and that the Van Dyke brothers were born in
Missouri and Illinois. I know that their mother lived
about 20 miles south of here. She also reminded of a
beautiful home that I pass on a regular basis that
belonged to Jerry Van Dyke... Always wondered who had
that kind of money and imagination? Now I know!
Thanks Cari! Keep in touch!
Bear Bryant? Another Arkie! One of the winningest
football coaches of all time, earned his title by
wrestling a bear in or around Fordyce, Arkansas near
Johnny Cash's homeplace.
all this from an entire state population that is
about the size of Dallas.
kinda supernatural to you?