French Lick Springs Hotel History
For more than 170 years there has been a lodging establishment operating at the current site of French Lick Springs Hotel. It all began with Dr. William Bowles and was prosperous and continued to thrive under various owners. It was under Tom Taggart's imaginative direction that French Lick Springs Hotel made great strides in décor, development and transportation. He also built pavilions for the springs and added a new bath building on the current site of the Spa at French Lick Springs Hotel. After Taggart’s son eventually sold the hotel, it was owned by five companies over a span of 60 years, operating out of five different states, none of which was Indiana. In 2005 French Lick Springs Hotel was purchased by Indiana-based COOK Group, Inc. and after a complete restoration, it returned the hotel back to its historic splendor.