Historical Background of T or C and Elephant Butte, NM..Pt. 2
Construction of the Elephant Butte Dam (1911-1916) brought hundreds of workers to the area. Upon completion of the dam, many settled by the hot springs floating their small cabins down the Rio Grande from the dam site. Many of these cabins can still be seen in the Hot Springs Historic District. The town, known as Hot Springs, thrived and grew into a well-known resort and healing center, drawing thousands of visitors. The downtown area was filled with motels, bathhouses, clinics, bars and stores.