Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, Hot Springs

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For thousands of years, the valley of healing waters, called "wiwila kata" by the Lakota (meaning warm waters), was prized for the warm spring-fed river. Both the Lakota and Cheyenne utilized the natural river of warm water springs that flows through present-day Hot Springs.

In 1881 the spring was held by Joe Brimdschmidt. He traded the spring to Joe Petty for a horse valued at thirty-five dollars! Petty then sold the Plunge Springs to Dr. Stewart who filed on the surrounding land. Mineral springs sought as a cure-all.

Finally, Evans Plunge (named after its builder Fred Evans), was built in 1890 over the numerous small, sparkling springs and one mammoth spring of mineral water. Originally, Evans Plunge and the other mineral baths in Hot Springs were sought as a cure-all for a multitude of illnesses.

"They [the springs] were the resort of the Indians long before the white man found his way into the jealously guarded realms of the Black Hills, and were considered by the red man as a panacea for all ills. This water has been found useful in the treatment of chronic diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, diseases of the liver and biliary passages, and in rheumatism and arthritic joint disturbances, gout, and others." —Mineral Water in the United States by Dr. W.E. Fitch.

The largest spring, at the north end of the pool in the interior of the Plunge, is known as the "Original Indian Spring." Here Native Americans drank and bathed in the spring's warm healing water. Today, numerous areas of warm sparkling springs may be felt as one moves through the crystal clear water towards the original Indian Spring.

A lot has changed in Hot Springs since 1890. No longer promoted as a cure for ills, the water still invites visitors for rejuvenation, refreshment, relaxation and recreation. Purchased by the City of Hot Springs in 2013, Evans Plunge is forging a new name for itself by looking to its past. With each day the City of Hot Springs is working diligently to restore Evans Plunge to the iconic tourist destination it has been for over a century.

So on behalf of the City of Hot Springs, we invite you to come and experience yesterday's healing waters of today's Evans Plunge.
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  • We had two adults and a nine year old in our group and had a blast. Enjoyed the pool, water slides and basketball. Outdoor pool was closed, guessing due to staffing issues. Women’s locker rooms could....  more »
  • We loved this place. Had some extra time after The Mammoth Site and thought we would do something fun for the kids (11 to 16). This was a pleasant surprise! The history aspect was cool (original...  more »
  • This establishment really took me by surprise. I guess I was expecting a natural setting, instead of an interactive health club. It turned out to be just right for our extended family group of 14 people. The less confident swimmers were pleased to find life-jackets for loan. The thrill seekers competed for increasingly epic water slide runs. Acrobatic rings, volleyball and basketball courts give plenty of options for splashy game-play. We were even able to purchase a high end bathing suit on-site (which is exactly what kind of suit was required for a full figured gal). If you want a bargain on beachwear, this is not your pick. If you want fun and variety for the whole group, and friendly staff, visit Evans Plunge!
  • My kiddos loved it! The water was a very comfortable temperature. It was nice that they had a partition in the little kids area. The only thing that could be improved, in my opinion was having a lifeguard at both indoor slides helping kids know when it was safe to go down. About halfway through our visit, a lifeguard did go up to the top of one of the slides.

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