|Truth or Consequences Hot Mineral Springs|
Because of the hot mineral
springs which issued from the ground, the site of the present Truth
or Consequences was considered "neutral grounds" by the Southwestern
Indians long before white settlement of the area. Here they gathered
without conflict for the inter-tribal exchange and to bathe their wounds
and other ailments. During the latter half of the 1800's, two
great ranches were established across the southern part of the area
now covered by Sierra County. Cowboys from one of these ranches,
the John Cross Ranch, built the first adobe bath house over Geronimo
The first homestead entry in what is known as Truth or Consequences was filed in 1910. With the beginning of the construction of Elephant Butte Dam in 1911, the settlement of Palomas Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences) began to grow. It was incorporated as a town in 1916, the year of the completion of the Dam. It developed as a health resort and trading center for nearby mining, farming, and stock raising areas. It was made the county seat in 1936.
Photos and Text: Courtesy of LaRena Miller, "A Visitors Guide to the Geronimo Trail"
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The earliest known photo of people enjoying the health benefits of our Hot Mineral Springs. Thought to be from the 1860's or 70's, the photo shows that the therapeutic benefits of the Hot Springs have been long known.
|Blackstone Hotsprings Our lodging guests enjoy newly remodeled luxury accommodations, with a custom tub for unlimited private soaking in each lodging room.|
This old structure, one of the first to be built in what is now downtown Truth or Consequences, was a bathhouse believed to be built by the John Cross Cattle Co. for use by its cowboys. A date burned into the ceiling with a branding iron read 1882.
|Charles Motel and Spa Characteristic 1940s style budget apartments, motel and hot springs spa. Spa services include hot mineral baths, outdoor hot springs jacuzzis, sweat wraps, a variety of massage therapies, and reflexology.|
One of the first bath houses and hotels built in Hot Springs, located somewhere in what is now the Main Street area of present day Truth or Consequences.
|Fire Water Lodge Hot Springs Spa We offer geothermal hot mineral water tubs in our rooms.|
From the early 1900's, the Hot Mineral Springs baths and Hotels started developing into popular and permanent businesses.
|La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa Generous soaking time in private pools is included with an overnight stay.|
The Cottage Hotel 1912, was operated by
Mrs. William Graham. This was the first hotel built in Palomas Springs.
|Pelican Spa Located in the heart of the historic hot springs district with just a short walk to shopping and restaurants.|
Circa 1930, the building in the center of the photo is the Old State Bathhouse.
This bathhouse is what developed from the original structure in
|Riverbend Hot Springs Riverside public and private pools with spectacular views of Turtleback Mountain and the Rio Grande.|
By the 1940's the building were becoming larger and much more popular as word of the Hot Mineral Springs therapeutic benefits spread World Wide.
|Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa Delightful accommodations in a luxurious atmosphere. Each room is infused with rustic charm and timeless elegance, with a unique décor, reflective of this diverse region.|
It is Highly Recommended
you visit one of the Hot Springs Lodges & Spas
located in Truth or Consequences when you visit our area.
You will then understand the popularity of the Hot Mineral Springs that has
endured for hundreds of years. Still reflecting the styles of the times, the present day hot mineral springs lodges and spas in Truth or Consequences offer one thing that will never go out of style: Healthy, Therapeutic Hot Mineral Springs baths and warm, friendly hospitality.
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