CALIFORNIA HOT SPRINGS was
founded in 1882 and developed as a health resort
the town's naturally pure hot springs water. 350,000 gallons of 125°
F. water flow from the rock cliffs of California Hot Springs each
day. Its characteristics of remarkable softness, very-low sodium,
odorless, unique purity and refreshing taste set this natural spring
water apart from all others.
In the early 1800's, the native Yokuts channeled the hot springs water
into hollowed-out logs. They would
soak in these "tubs" to relieve the pain of rheumatism that
was caused by sleeping on the damp ground. The Yokuts were followed by
gold miners of the 1850s ----->
by sheep and cattle ranchers of the 1860-1880's. Development of California Hot Springs started in 1882 by Henry
Witt and by 1902 a
large hotel was under construction. In 1920 a commercial
center, swimming pool and therapeutic center were constructed. The landmark
California Hot Springs recreation hall was built in 1926 and dedicated in May of
1927. Fire destroyed the hotel in 1932 and the commercial center in 1968.
The facility was then abandoned for the next 16 years.
Restoration began in
1983 and the facilities were reopened in 1985.