Opened in 1902, West Baden Springs Hotel enjoyed national prominence as it boasted the world’s largest free-span dome for more than 50 years before the arrival of modern sports domes. The architectural marvel, with its 200-foot dome, made headlines when it was built and continues to receive international acclaim today.
Did you know that the Cubs won the World Series in 1908 after they trained in West Baden during part of spring training? Start your tour in the sunken gardens and you’ll learn all about this National Historic Landmark’s storied past, including stints as a Jesuit seminary, U.S. Army hospital and private college.
Continue your tour at French Lick Springs Hotel and you’ll learn more about the first visitors to the area, the famous Pluto Water and the man who put French Lick on the map.
Since its early founding, the area of French Lick has been filled with intrigue, adventure and decadence. The rich history surrounding the resort has provided guests with an unmistakable optimism for health, good fortune and the opportunity to satisfy any whim — making it the destination of choice for many of our nation’s most regarded clientele. The Roaring ‘20s brought the likes of the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and the Studebakers to this tiny valley in southern Indiana — all rubbing shoulders with politicians, sports legends and gangsters.
This was the site of the 1931 Governors’ Conference where Franklin D. Roosevelt gained his party’s support to run for president. Another interesting fact: Tomato juice was first served as a breakfast drink here.
This easy-to-navigate map will guide you around each property. To tour both properties, simply follow the Ferguson Trail.