Origins[ edit ] The hotel site was located near a salt lick that wild animals once visited as they traveled along the Buffalo Trace in southern Indiana. Native Americans also used the area as hunting grounds. It became known as French Lick in reference to the French traders and settlers who lived in the vicinity of the salt lick. In Thomas Bowles and his brother, William A. Doctor Bowles eventually built an inn on the property; it became known as the French Lick Springs Hotel.
Monday, May 04, 1: French Lick is a tiny town in Southern Indiana, known best to many as the home of basketball superstar Larry Bird, who led the Boston Celtics to three championships in the s. In recent years, it has again become a Midwestern destination for recreational and championship golf. But beyond the baskets and birdies lies a town with a colorful past. Politicians came to French Lick to trigger campaigns, arrange backroom deals or simply relax and enjoy the spas and scenery. Regular folks visited seeking miracle cures drawn from the waters of the mineral springs. Gamblers, athletes, crooners, comics and circus clowns passed through, not to mention three iconic golf course architects.
Golfers, stars and mineral springs: colorful tales from French Lick
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