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Our tour of the West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana.
West Baden Springs Hotel IndianaWe visited the hotel as part of the 2006 national driving tour of the Cadillac LaSalle Club, also known as "A Lap Around Indiana."  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006Needless to say, classic Cadillacs filled the parking lot the day we visited.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006Here's a shot of our 1950 Caddy outside the arches leading to the West Baden Springs Hotel.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006By the late nineteenth century, seven rail lines brought guests from all over the U.S. to the Springs Valley to relax and "take the cure" from the water found in the sulphur springs, which was thoughtWe began our tour of the West Baden Springs Hotel on a foggy morning, which made many of our photographs that much more interesting.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006The history of the West Baden Springs Hotel goes back to 1778, when George Rogers Clark is said to have discovered mineral springs and salt licks. The supposed powers of such springs to cure various aThe buildling was designed by Harrison Albright and constructed in 1902, taking 277 days to complete.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006Our visited started out with the hotel shrouded in fog, although portions of this spectactular structure were visible through the trees.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006The Angel Fountain was built as the focal point of the sunken garden, but when the Jesuits took ownership of the hotel, they removed it.  During restoration, the fountain was rebuilt, based upon photoThe door leading to Hygea Springs at the West Baden Springs Hotel.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006© Carolyn S. Murray 2006Viewing Hygea Springs from the south.  The building covering this spring houses some beautiful stained glass windows.(September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006In 1934, the Jesuits took over the property.  Some of them are buried in the Jesuit cemetery which can still be found on the premises.  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006It's amazing to think this huge dome was built in the early 1900's.  Quite an accomplishment!  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006The hotel features a six-story domed atrium, which was the largest clear-span dome in the world until the Astrodome was built in 1963.  They originally claimed  700 rooms, although it's thought it  waIn addition to the water, guests of the hotel could also enjoy golf, horseback riding, bowling, billiards, swimming, hiking, and nightly theater. Almost everything anyone could need was on the groundsAt one point you could even go out and walk out on the dome -- until the insurance company found out and put a stop to that practice!  (September 15, 2006)© Carolyn S. Murray 2006The original hotel, built in 1855, caught on fire in 1901, with all of the guests escaping harm.  The entire hotel building was destroyed in less than two hours that June of 1901.Sinclair used this tr© Carolyn S. Murray 2006

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