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Warm Springs and Ravenden Springs are often referred to as hot springs, but they are actually mineral springs. Ravenden has never been considered a "thermal spring" while Warm Springs is often incorrectly identified as such because of 1) its name; 2) prior publications--especially 1857's David Dale Owen's First Report of a Geological Reconnaissance of the Northern Counties of Arkansas. Reference is occasionally made to this report stating that the spring water was measured at 82 degrees F but in actuality the air temperature was 82 degrees F, the water was actually measured at 62 degrees F; and 3) a shallow recharge basin and significant surface water infiltration that can create instances in which the water feels tepid or warm to the touch.
John Svendsen
Greenbrier, AR