Springs at the Artesian
In the early 1900s, Sulphur, Oklahoma (Sulphur Springs, at the time) was a small town with barely more than 1,000 residents. The quiet town, however, was rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations in the south. The shaded valleys in the nearby Platt National Park (Now the Chickasaw National Recreational Area) invited travelers to bathe in its cool natural springs and to drink the rejuvenating medicinal waters. The town’s two railroads brought tourists en masse.
The original Artesian Hotel was built in 1906 to accommodate the influx of visitors. The resort’s popularity helped put Sulphur on the map and quickly became the state’s social locale. Famous guests including President William Howard Taft, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and various state politicians made the Artesian their playground during this vibrant time.
On January 14, 1962 the Artesian caught fire and burned to the ground, devastating the frequent guests and, especially, the local residents. The Artesian had been an integral part of their community and its absence was felt for decades.
This week the Artesian’s legacy will be resurrected when the big, red ribbon is cut on Friday, August 2nd at 10 a.m.
The new Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa is reminiscent of the original with its rich décor, extravagant ballroom, bathhouse and massive spa offering services using mineral waters from the same artesian well used at the original location over 100 years ago. The resort also contains a casino, the Fountain Club bar, several retail and vendor shops, an indoor/outdoor pool, a fitness center and our full-service restaurant, Springs at the Artesian.
The menu at Springs offers comfort food with an upscale, yet approachable, flare. Lump Crab Cakes served with spicy aioli are a hearty and delicate appetizer selection. The presentation of the Chicken Fried Steak is unique while the flavor is familiar and comforting. When Pigs Fly is an enticing sandwich with three cuts of meat from a pig piled high and topped with a sunny-side up egg resting in a fried onion nest. Every Friday night, Springs will host an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet for only $23 and brunch will be served on Sundays.
The restaurant has outdoor seating, which overlooks the welcome center and a variety of local shops across the street. Springs will also provide hotel room service, poolside service and bar service for the Fountain Club just a few steps away. Additionally, the restaurant will cater food and beverages for events in the adjoining meeting rooms and ballroom, with space available for up to 160 people.
The nearby Lake of the Arbuckles, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Turner Falls Park and Chickasaw National Recreation Center will give guests plenty of options for adventures outside of the resort. The Artesian’s return is guaranteed to conjure up old memories for past guests and to create many new ones for future visitors.