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Age of Baseball, Gambling & Mobsters in Hot Springs Arkansas

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The town of Hot Springs, Arkansas is also a National Park, and by geographic area it's America's smallest Park. Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a visit with Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. 

Arrison shares the diversity of attractions from hiking in the National Park, to golf, and betting on the horses at Oaklawn Race Track, the home of last year's Triple Crown winner.

Arrison also talks about the town's historic connection with America's favorite pastime--baseball's first spring training camps came to Hot Springs in 1886 and continued coming through the mid-1940s. 

There's another fascinating historic dimension in Hot Spring--it was one of America's top gambling destinations king before the rise of Vegas, attracting Al Capone and other infamous gangters from around the country who loved to hang out in Hot Springs

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