The Once Famous Hot Wells Bath House Gets a Facelift (Source: San Antonio Express-News)

Jul 26, 2018

Author: Scott Huddleston

The ruins of an early 1900s bathhouse, where sulfur-laden hot water lured the rich and famous in search of its curative powers, will soon rise from the dead.

Crews have been stabilizing the walls of the abandoned bathhouse at the former Hot Wells resort and hotel. It will become the centerpiece of a county park that will open in the fall and pay tribute to San Antonio’ s little-known historic ties to the early film industry.

Hot Wells County Park, when completed, will host screenings of silent movies, community garden programs, weddings, art exhibitions and other events, with public restrooms to serve people walking, jogging and biking along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. The site in the 5000 block of South Presa Street is on the east side of the river, across from Mission Park Pavilions and Mission San José.