History of the Site

 

 

How did the Arrowhead Springs Hotel come to be?

 
1857
Arrival of David Noble Smith, builder of the first permanent building and spa.
1864
Smith had enough capital to open the "Hot Springs Infimary".
1874
Dr. Smith sold the property to Robert Waterman who became governor of California in 1887.
1889
Arrowhead property was leased to Dr. H. C. Royer, a business man and a physician. He claimed to cure 90 percent of his rheumatic cases at Arrowhead Baths.
1893
Seth Marshall constructed a new hotel at the foot of the Arrowhead. The new mission-style hotel became the great financial success.
1895
A fire destroyed the entire hotel within
3 minutes.
1905
Marshall and a group of investor partners built a new hotel called "Big Buff Castle", standing 3 stories high and 285 ft. long.
1907
A railway opened to Arrowhead Springs.
1915
Bottling water was built in Los Angeles and reservoirs were built at Arrowhead Springs.
1920
The facilities were used to treat wounded veterans and converted into a rehabilitation hospital.
1925
A group of investors bought the property and built tennis courts, bungalows, and swimming pool.
1930
Arrowhead Resort became one of the top luxury resorts in the country and in Hollywood.
1938
Arrowhead Springs Resort and Hotel suffer another devastating fire which destroyed almost everything.
1939
Groundbreaking for the new 150 room Arrowhead Springs Hotel
1944
The hotel served as a hospital for the Navy for two years.
1952
Conrad N. Hilton bought the property and redecorated the interior in a western motif.
1956
The hotel failed and Hilton sold the property to Benjamin Swig, owner of the Fairmont Hotel Corporation.
The hotel was losing $1,500 a day and Mr. Swig closed the hotel.
1962
Campus Crusade for Christ, founded by Dr. William R. Bright, bought the hotel for use as its world headquarters.
1967
The facilities were expanded and other improvements such as a 2300-seat amphitheater were made.
1976
Dr. Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ International made Arrowhead Springs the most successful in its history.