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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  • 40 plus years ago my family discovered Evans plunge. It was one of the great memories of that summer. Then the slide was a straight shot down on a float you could almost make it to the far end of the....  more
    40 plus years ago my family discovered Evans plunge. It was one of the great memories of that summer. Then the slide was a straight shot down on a float you could almost make it to the far end of the....  more »
  • 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 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 »
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  • Evans Plunge was so much fun! The kids had a blast. Crystal clear water and slides were awesome. Great staff! This little food truck was across the street with amazing curry food! For 5 adults and 3 children it was $104.00 for swimming. Great family time!!
  • Have been coming to Evan's Plunge since I was a kid & now bring my son who enjoys it as much as I do. Employees are friendly & helpful & the price is even better if you're staying at a local motel & use the stay & soak discount. We were here this year in March so very few tourists over crowding the pool which made it all the more enjoyable. The outside pool & slide weren't open but understandable in March. The town's name is Hot Springs but the pools are warm springs at around 87°. I highly recommend a relaxing swim here.

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