"French Lick, get your mind out of the gutter!" French Lick by Dabs

French Lick Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 29 photos

For most basketball crazed Hoosiers, French Lick is best known for it's most famous former resident Larry Bird. But since I am a Hoosier by marriage, I was interested in visiting the French Lick area to see the magnificent spa in nearby West Baden.

After we visited the West Baden spa, we drove the short distance to French Lick to the see French Lick Springs Resort that is still an operating hotel. Although it survived the Great Depression, occupancy at the hotel never returned to pre Depression levels.

Why did people come to French Lick and West Baden? Southern Indiana is not exactly a place that screams tourism but yet two monstrous resorts were built within a couple of miles of one another. Perhaps people were originally lured by the promise of a cure from the mineral springs, certainly the added attraction of gambling was further enticement.

Getting there was easy, trains provided direct service to French Lick, stopping up to 14 times daily. Wealthy folks would spend the fall season taking the "Pluto water cure".

  • Last visit to French Lick: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2004
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  • Sep 22, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    alot of things have change in our small town come check out and the towns were famous long before there was larry bird

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    Sep 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    a place called French Lick...!?could only happen in the USA!

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    May 6, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    I visited French Lick last year in search of Larry Bird's statue, but all I found was that street sign. I hope this town never renames itself "Larry Bird" like Jim Thorpe and remains "French Lick" forever!

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    Apr 27, 2005 at 1:52 PM

    Who's Larry Bird?!? You only went here so you coud put French Lick on your map, didn't you!!! I prefer that other US place 'Big Bone Lick'...

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 2:38 PM

    Lovely, tiny page. Interesting tip: Local boy puts French Lick on the map.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2004 at 7:41 PM

    I saw Larry Bird play high school basketball in the state tournament against East Chicago (he lost). Been to French Lick several times; a grand old place. Didn't know about the name..thanks for new info.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2004 at 9:57 PM

    Is there a French Lick High School? If so, I wonder what their team mascot is? (THUD - that's the sound of my mind hitting the gutter.)


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