Southern Indiana Living

JAN-FEB 2018

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Jan/Feb 2018 • 17 Other local aĴractions include Big Splash Adventure water park, hotel and dining; French Lick/West Baden Indoor Karting, featuring a quarter-mile indoor track with a track for smaller children and one for adults, an arcade, concessions and a gift shop; and Springs Stadium Theatre. There are three golf courses: Donald Ross Golf Course, Pete Dye Course and The Valley Links. The CuĴing Edge (Bear Hol- low Wood Carvers) not only features one- of-a-kind chainsaw sculptures, but also sells soaps, syrups and home decor. The French Lick Winery & Vintage Cafe offers more than 30 wines, casual dining and a gift shop. • For more information, see visitfrenchlickwest- or call 812-936-3418. French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels The region's reputation as a resort area began in the 1830s. By the late 19th century, seven rail lines brought guests from throughout the United States to visit the two hotels, a mile from each other. Both hotels have seen good times and bad times. Both have been renovated and are part of the French Lick Springs Resort. See; Homestead Hotel The once-popular hotel and club, also known as the West Baden Springs Hotel, was built in 1913. It has been restored and serves as an apartment house and business center, with retail shops, a doctor and an aĴorney. Oxford Hotel A popular hotel during the area's earlier heyday, it was built about 1910. The large three-story building, featuring cast iron storefronts, has been authentically restored and is the local visitor center. First Baptist Church The church is owned by Southeastern District Association Inc, Bloomington. The building is being preserved and some of its contents are part of the African-American Display at the French Lick/West Baden Springs Museum with a special exhibit dedicated to the church. Dixie Garage Dixie Garage, originally a parking garage, is owned by the French Lick Springs Resort and was one of the first buildings renovated. It was built about 1919. The building housed an automobile repair shop until the late 1930s. Since then, it has been a skating rink, boĴling plant and wood manufacturer and a storage facility for the resort during its renovation. West Baden National Bank The bank was originally located in the lobby of the West Baden Hotel and moved to the current location in front of the hotel during its 1915 renovation. Building was completed in 1917 and was remodeled in the 1990s. Photos of the original interior are displayed at the French Lick West Baden Museum. French Lick West Baden Springs Historic Buildings

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