Arizona: Agua Caliente
This Arizona ghost town is southwest of Phoenix and 12 miles
north of Sentinel. In 1744, Father Jacob
Sedelmayer named the location “Santa Maria del Agua Caliente”. In 1775 it was shortened to Agua Caliente. The
name means “hot water” and derived from the neighboring hot springs. The indigenous
Native Americans used the hot springs as a healing treatment.
By 1873, people from all over the world came to experience
the hot springs. In 1897, they constructed a 22 room hotel with a swimming pool
for all the visitors wanting to stay there. Sadly, because the nearby farmers
using the water for irrigation, the hot springs eventually dried up.
Today, all you will see when you visit Agua Caliente is an
abandoned hotel, empty pool, adobe/stone ruins of cabins and outbuildings.