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Hot Springs in Georgia

The spa town of Warm Springs is just an hour south of Atlanta, situated between lush hills and the naturally heated waters made famous by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hot springs, renowned for having therapeutic qualities, are available for swimming and bathing in these towns made for relaxation, with high-end restaurants nearby.

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The spring emerges from the loose soil in the low ground. Waters from the spring are contained in an unmanaged concrete pool, formerly open to the public for swimming. Farmers and their sons in this rural community used to cool off in the pool late in the day after working in the fields. In 1921, swimmers were separated by gender, with men-only and women-only areas designated in the pool. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) took measurements in June 1935 and noted that the spring was discharging 83 gallons of water per minute. When the air temperature was 84 degrees Fahrenheit, the water temperature on the pool surface registered 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and 78.5 degrees Fahrenheit on the pool bottom. Accessing water from the unattended spring is free, but you must do so at your own risk. While in Molena, visit the charming renovated Whiskey Bonding Barn.

Made famous by former New York Governor and U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the waters of Warm Springs, Georgia, and the surrounding area, attract people from all over the world. Roosevelt was stricken with polio in 1921, years before he became president. In 1924, while visiting a friend in Georgia, he swam in a pool of the 88-degree Fahrenheit mineral-rich spring water. He felt relief from pain immediately and was able to move his paralyzed right leg. Roosevelt built a home in Warm Springs that was later known as the Little White House. Over the years, his work in promoting the use of the therapeutic waters helped thousands of people with polio and other diseases obtain relief. Although many of the pools have been permanently drained to preserve them, visitors to the Historic Pools Museum are allowed to feel the water bubbling up from the basin of one of the pools. Some guests rub the water on their arms and legs, while others scoop up handfuls and drink it. Bolder visitors stick their whole heads in. Tour guides discourage people from drinking the naturally blue water, but there’s no evidence that it’s harmful to consume. After your Warm Springs experience, consume catfish, fried chicken livers, and fried okra, or a fried green tomato pimento cheese sandwich at Dinner’s Ready By Chad. (Source: www.tripping.com)

 

 

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