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The reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921.
The outbreak of the American Civil War left Hot Springs with a declining bathing population.
By 1873 six bathhouses and 24 hotels and boardinghouses stood near the springs.
In 1874, Joseph Reynolds announced his decision to construct a narrow-gauge railroad from Malvern to Hot Springs; completion in 1875 resulted in the growth of visitation to the springs. Fordyce and two other entrepreneurs financed the construction of the first luxury hotel in the area, the first Arlington Hotel, which opened in 1875.
The townsite consisted of 196 blocks and 50 miles (80 km) of streets and alleys.
The remaining portion of the original four sections of government land consisted of hills and mountains which were mostly unoccupied, and Congress acted on the commission's recommendation in June 1880 by adding those lands to the permanent reservation. During the early 20th century (1894–1925), Hot Springs was known for baseball training camps after the construction of Whittington Park in 1894.
Twelve years later, in 1832, the Hot Springs Reservation was created by the United States Congress, granting federal protection of the thermal waters.Downtown Hot Springs is preserved as the Central Avenue Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The city also contains dozens of historic hotels and motor courts, built during the Great Depression in the Art Deco style.Hot Springs is the eleventh-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County.The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named.