August 31 - September 2, 2006
ThermopolisNamed from thermae (Latin for hot bath) and polis (Greek for city), the town of Thermopolis was established in 1897 and currently boasts a population of about 3,200. It is home to the largest mineral hot springs in the world. It also houses the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum and features several significant archeological digs.
The mineral hot springs produce over 18,000 gallons per day at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. They were used for years by native Americans, who believed the waters were beneficial to their health.
Hot Springs State ParkThe Arapaho tribe sold the hot springs to the United States in 1896 under the condition that a portion be forever preserved for the use and benefit of the public. In accordance with the treaty, the park maintains a free Bath House where the water temperature is regulated to a constant 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing.
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