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Peaceful Hills Weather is powered by a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2 weather station comprised of an anemometer, a thermo-hydro sensor and rain gauge. The data from the sensors are collected every 2.5 seconds, updating the Peaceful Hills website on 10 second intervals. The "Live Gauges" refresh with current data every 30 seconds. Please note the "two thumbs up" Peaceful Hills Weather station data receives via analysis performed by NOAA's Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS).

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Peaceful Hills Weather is registered with Weather Underground as KARHOTSP16 and updates are sent to Wunderground.com every 60 seconds. Additionally, we are registered with the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) as EW1823 and update via APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) every 15 minutes.

About This City

Established from Hot Springs Reservation, Hot Springs National Park is a United States National Park in central Arkansas adjacent to the city of Hot Springs. Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832, and the area was made a national park on March 4, 1921.[1] It is the smallest national park by area in the United States. Since Hot Springs National Park is the oldest federal reserve, it was the first to receive its own US quarter in April 2010 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters series.

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto was the first European to see what Native Americans referred to as the Valley of the Vapors when he and his men reached the area in 1541. Members of many Native American tribes had been gathering in the valley for over 8,000 years to enjoy the healing properties of the thermal springs. Around the 18th century the Caddo settled in the area, followed by the Choctaw, Cherokee, and other tribes.[2] There was agreement among the tribes that they would put aside their weapons and partake of the healing waters in peace while in the valley.[3] The Quapaw lived in the Arkansas River delta area and visited the springs.[2]

In 1673 Father Marquette and Jolliet explored the area and claimed it for France. The Treaty of Paris 1763 ceded the land back to Spain; however, in 1800 control was returned to France until the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

In December 1804 George Hunter and William Dunbar made an expedition to the springs, finding a lone log cabin and a few rudimentary shelters used by people visiting the springs for their healing properties. In 1807 Jean Emmanual Prudhomme became the first settler of modern Hot Springs, although after he regained his health following two years of bathing in the hot water and eating local foods, he returned home to Louisiana.[2] Not long afterward John Perciful and Isaac Cates arrived.

Having been placed in a reservation southeast of Hot Springs in the 19th century, on August 24, 1818, the Quapaw Indians ceded the land around the hot springs to the United States in a treaty.[2] After Arkansas became its own territory in 1819, the Arkansas Territorial Legislature requested in 1820 that the springs and adjoining mountains be set aside as a federal reservation. Twelve years later, in 1832, the 22nd United States Congress formed the national reservation, granting federal protection of the thermal waters and giving Hot Springs the honor of being the first National Park to be designated for such government protection.[3][4] The Hot Springs Reservation was set aside for public use as a park on June 16, 1880.[2]


[1] "The National Parks: Index 2009/2011". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
[2] Paige, John C; Laura Woulliere Harrison (1987). Out of the Vapors: A Social and Architectural History of Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs National Park. U.S. Department of the Interior.
[3] Hot Springs AR Info: Hot Springs AR History and Facts.
[4] Peters, Richard, ed. (1866). Twenty-Second Congress, Session 1, Chap. 70.


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