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Old 03-05-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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thank you pavedwithgold, it is nice to see a positive, factual post about hot springs. it really is a great place.

oaklawn has been in an expansion mode for several years, both gaming and racing. they have constructed new barns every year and more are planned. it has become at real leader in the horse racing industry. the ripple effect around town is tremendous.

you are right about the low crime, especially compared to some other places i have encountered. i spend about a third of my time in hot springs and have for about 3 decades. i have never had an issue with crime and i have been out, past the time that nothing good happens! (however, i am getting in earlier these days)

as you have stated so well, it has become a year-round destination, with something for just about everyone to enjoy.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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Lived their for 20+ years. Great for tourism, bad for community due to lack of jobs. Well paying jobs. When they turn the old hobby lobby into a call center for boost mobile, it was the ONLY highest started paying job in the community. I worked their for 2 years till they sold off to this other company and seems to be huge turn around daily. Glad i left for bigger pastures as the pay seems to be less then what was offer at the start. Other then the race track, not much for great jobs if your not in health care.

Crime has its areas. Park ave, whitington, parts of central.. list can go on. but you can spot them pretty quickly if your just browsing around town. It did have stuff for everybody but seems to be limited base on the person budget. The mall was a gem in the 90s, now its a eye sore with less and less stores in it. The behind the mall theater got a face lift after 20+ years using the same equiptment. Screens were so dirty, you couldnt see much of anything. The other theater has potential if they decided to update their stuff. Be nice if both would come up with a big theater to compete with tinsletown in benton. Skating rink is useless. not sure if its still open?
Like i said ,it had stuff back in the day for family.. other then magic springs water park thats it.. for the family events.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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Other then the race track, not much for great jobs if your not in health care.
Health care in Arkansas doesn’t pay anything, either. I received offers from both the Little Rock and NWA regions and they were laughable. Hot Springs was actually the initial spot we wanted to settle in but after seeing the wages in those bigger areas I knew better than to even waste my time applying there.

Still bitter about it, as you can see. Love Arkansas and miss it every day.

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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[quote=hitpausebutton2;51222647]Lived their for 20+ years. Great for tourism, bad for community due to lack of jobs. Well paying jobs. When they turn the old hobby lobby into a call center for boost mobile, it was the ONLY highest started paying job in the community. I worked their for 2 years till they sold off to this other company and seems to be huge turn around daily. Glad i left for bigger pastures as the pay seems to be less then what was offer at the start. Other then the race track, not much for great jobs if your not in health care.

Crime has its areas. Park ave, whitington, parts of central.. list can go on. but you can spot them pretty quickly if your just browsing around town. It did have stuff for everybody but seems to be limited base on the person budget. The mall was a gem in the 90s, now its a eye sore with less and less stores in it. The behind the mall theater got a face lift after 20+ years using the same equiptment. Screens were so dirty, you couldnt see much of anything. The other theater has potential if they decided to update their stuff. Be nice if both would come up with a big theater to compete with tinsletown in benton. Skating rink is useless. not sure if its still open?
Like i said ,it had stuff back in the day for family.. other then magic springs water park thats it.. for the family events.[/QUOT


I saw LOTS of families plus school groups at Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine in Jessieville, just a few miles north of Hot Springs last spring, and most people, kids included were thrilled with their finds of beautiful native quartz crystals. I found some nice small pieces myself, and will plan a return visit on my next trip to Arkansas.

The setting is beautiful, the restrooms and snack shop clean as a pin, and the rock shop offers extensive and beautiful pieces that include both local finds and items from around the world. In addition to digging for crystals, visitors can take zip lines across the 300-foot deep mine and take an army truck tour of the mine itself. Prices are very reasonable and there's also a modest campground with clean facilities

. You're much more likely to find something sparkly and pretty here or at any of the other quartz crystal mines near Hot Springs than you are to find a diamond at the Crater of Diamonds, though both are fun and time well-spent.

Lake Ouachita State Park is also adjacent to Hot Springs, as is Lake Catherine. Both offer good outdoor family recreation.
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:11 PM
 
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Hot Springs is on its way up. Choose your housing wisely and depending on what you want to do for recreation it could be very good decision. There is always Hot Springs Village north of town if you prefer a private community scenic setting. Good Luck!
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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The wife and I have HS on our radar for retirement in 6 years. I am hoping they get rid of the hoodrats that wander around the north side that look like drug dealers. That one EZ mart is a bad place. I would like to see gentrification.
If you don't like it the way it is, why would you want to move there?

Btw: How do you know these specifics about a place you don't live?
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