The Cutting Room Floor


Sometimes when I take pictures for feature stories in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, not everything I submit gets used. Usually, its because I take way more pictures than necessary or one photo might be more suitable for the page lay-out then another. Here are some photos I like that didn’t make the cut from two recent Hot Springs stories. One story was a story about  Low Key Arts Executive Director Sonny Kay and the other about the Solar Powered Radio Station KUHS.



So Much Good Music

Sure there was the Irish whiskey, Clydesdales, celebrities and of course the parade, but there was also a lot of great music before and after the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade  including Arkansas blues musicians

Akeem Kamp Band, then Arkansas’ Singer Songwriter of the Year, Adam Faucett, Grand Funk Railroad   and Morris Day and Time.

Army Navy Hospital

A magnificent building sits just off of Central Ave. in Hot Springs towering over downtown. Ever wonder what goes on up there?

According to the the Arkansas Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture the site is now the Arkansas Career Training Institute. Previously it was “…the first combined general hospital for both U.S. Army and Navy patients in the nation. This joint services hospital was created ahead of the Navy Hospital Corp and over twenty years before the founding of the now-infamous Walter Reed Army Medical Center.”

“Along with soldiers being treated for war injuries, servicemen from battle zones were sent to the Hot Springs facility for rest, relaxation, and rehabilitation.”

The site is now the campus for Arkansas Career Training Institute. According to their website  “…ACTI’s mission is consistent with the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division’s mission to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. The center receives client referrals from vocational rehabilitation field counselors in all 75 Arkansas counties.”

Here are some photos of the grounds and buildings from early this week. Many of the buildings are used for vocational classes. Some are waiting to be repurposed.

Friends in High Places

With friends in high places you get views like these. I’ve climbed more stairs these past 2 weeks all for a good view, and it’s been worth it. On the corner of Bridge St. and Central in Hot Springs, a building is being renovated into condos with a restaurant on the main floor. I was allowed in for some photos and the view from the top floor was pretty amazing. I was also allowed on top of the Ozark and the view from there was also a good vantage point for some cool shots.

Don’t Just See the Square

There is so much more to Hot Springs National Park than Bathhouse Row. I was reminded of this when I spent a few minutes behind the counter at the park’s visitor center with the Park Ranger who also serves as the Artist in Residence Coordinator. Visitors would ask what all there was to do in the park. He’d point to Bathhouse row, draw a square around it and then point out the boundaries of the park that went far beyond the square and advise,
“Don’t just see the square.”There are trails and vistas and so much beauty outside the square. (But, I confess, I do love to photograph those old buildings.)

Here are some photos I took yesterday from a portion of the Sunset Trail that takes you to Stonebridge Road and part of what to be the Fordyce Estate.

From Goat Rock to Bathhouse Row

Had computer trouble yesterday and couldn’t upload these last night. But here’s what I did yesterday. Didn’t quite make it up to Goat Rock before sunrise, but the view was still amazing. Later I toured Fordyce Bathhouse and then had lunch at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery. The cabin I’m staying in has a screened in front porch, and in the evening I sat on the porch and processed photos from the day, while enjoying the smell of campfires and the cool air in the valley.

Maurice Bathhouse


Friends of Hot Springs National Park held a fundraiser this evening in an effort to raise money for the preservation of the Maurice Bathhouses. The Park Service hopes to attract  a tenant to occupy the building as others have occupied some of the other buildings on Bathhouse Row, including a spa and brewery.