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.


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