Soon after that Thornton, 31, addressed the haters in the caption of another Instagram image of her and Capaci on their wedding day. “The kind that trumps my need to snap back at people who have the audacity to comment on my Instagram about whether I loved my first husband or not.” She went on to say “There is no timeline for grief or for when God moves in your life in undeniable ways” and said she was extremely emotional walking down the aisle.“I thought of Chris watching us and knowing he would have loved the choice I made, for me and for the boys,” she wrote.” I thought of Chris’s amazing parents sitting front row and how much of a blessing they have been and will forever be in our lives.” “It wasn’t my choice to fall in love so quickly after Chris passed but I was growing so comfortable with being alone that it was becoming unhealthy,” she continued. Twelve years later, in 1832, the Hot Springs Reservation was created by the United States Congress, granting federal protection of the thermal waters.The reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921.As a result, Hot Springs's architecture is a key part of the city's blend of cultures, including a reputation as a tourist town and a Southern city.Also a destination for the arts, Hot Springs features the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival annually.
By 1873 six bathhouses and 24 hotels and boardinghouses stood near the springs.
Members of many Native American tribes had been gathering in the valley for untold numbers of years to enjoy the healing properties of the thermal springs.
In 1673, Father Marquette and Jolliet explored the area and claimed it for France.
Hot Springs National Park is maintained by the National Park Service, including Bathhouse Row, which preserves the eight historic bathhouse buildings and gardens along Central Avenue.
Downtown Hot Springs is preserved as the Central Avenue Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.