Harbin Hot Springs Stage Coach from Calistoga, circa 1912. In the summer the ride from Calistoga to Harbin was often very hot and dusty. Those riding actually in the coach were subject to all the dust kicked up by six horses and four wagon wheels. The message on this card dated May 10, 1912 says "Got up here OK, sat on top of the stage so was alright after all. Middletown is some town. Love, Alice"
Harbin Hot Springs Gym & Bowling Alley, circa 1908. The Gymnasium and Bowling Alley Pavilion where, at the time, world heavyweight boxing champions trained. The Harbin "Front Desk" Office is on this site today. The sentiment on the back, dated 1908, reads, "We are going out on the mules today for a long ride."
Harbin Hot Springs Entrance Gate, circa 1931. The Harbin Gate looking up towards the Gazebo. The Dragon Gate, hand crafted by Harbin resident Mark Nichols is here today. Postmarked July 7, 1931, the sender writes, "Had a very warm trip up. Enjoying the rest & the scenery. We hope you are surviving the terrible heat S.F. is having. Look after yourself until I gat back. Gladys"
Harbin Hot Springs Entrance Gate, circa 1909. The Gymnasium is on the left on the site of today's Front Desk Office. Behind it is a side wall of the Main Hotel. On the right are a barn and horse stable near today's Smoking Deck. Note the white horse on the far right. The message on the back of this card, postmarked June 22, 1909 is in old German cursive. Even today's German speakers are having difficulty deciphering it!
Harbin Hot Springs Horse Riding, circa 1947. "Off For A Ride" with the Main Hotel at left and the Gazebo on the right. The August 5, 1947 message says, "Haven't seen anything like this but it looks interesting - even though you are not among the crowd. Lots of love, Grandmother"
Harbin Hot Springs Stagecoach Arrives, circa 1900. Arrival At Harbin Springs by stagecoach. This postcard was sent to Hamburg Germany on July 3, 1905. The hard to translate old German cursive begins, "Liebe Mama..."
Harbin Hot Springs Main Hotel, circa 1925. The Main Hotel, on this site three times, burned to the ground in 1898, 1943 and 1960. Sent August 2, 1925, Edith writes, "Here for a few days vacation, badly needed. Hope you are well. Best love to all."
Harbin Hot Springs Main Hotel, circa 1938. Main Hotel & Gazebo Cars parked on what is now Azalea lawn. The handwriting on this card reads, "June 21, 1938. Dear Mama, We are spending to-night here in the mountains about 20 miles from Calistoga. Had a nice swim in the pool just before dinner. There is badminton, tennis, swimming, ping-pong. It isn't noisy and the trees are beautiful. We expect to go to the Madrones between Calistoga & St. Helena to spend to-morrow night. Lots of love, Florence P.S. We were stopped by a policeman who wanted to arrest us for messing up the center white line, freshly painted. We talked him out of it. We also had a flat tire far from the beaten track."
Harbin Hot Springs Main Building, circa 1952. The final Main Hotel 1944-1960. Compare with the earlier one. On July 22, 1952, May Jenson wrote,"Dear Folk, Spending two days here with my friends Kate & Charlie McDonnell from Burlingame. Hot here - 100 right now. Sleep with only a sheet on at night."
Harbin Hot Springs Main Annex, circa 1938. The Main Annex replaced the old Capitol hotel and was new when this picture was taken around 1938. The postcard, sent June 5, 1956 to "The Andersons" of Minneapolis Minnesota, reads, "Dear Folks, We are at Harbin Hot Springs about 100 miles north from Oakland. We have been taking hot sulfur water baths which are just grand! We are having a nice time - eat, sleep & baths. It is very quiet here which we enjoy. Lill & Carl"
Harbin Hot Springs Walnut Hotel Lawn, circa 1942. Walnut, with Azalea at the right. Postmarked August 10, 1942. "Dear Mama & Rod- What a ride up, it was awful - so hot. It's grand here tho. I have a very nice room & good bed. I'm still very tired. Food nice. I met two darling girls from S.F. We're just going to breakfast now. It's hot, but grand. I need it. Quite a crowd here. Must run now I'll write more later. Write me - Love, Ness"
Harbin Springs Hotel, circa 1900. This composite panoramic early 1900s view of the main Hotel seems to bend the building. Actually the hotel was straight from one end to the other but this gives the viewer a chance to look up the hill to the right and down the hill to the left. The Gym is at the left. Partially hidden behind the main hotel to the right is a Shady Lane cabin and hidden behind the trees to the right are several other cabins, among them the one still standing today known as Jasmine.
Harbin Hot Springs Crocquet Court, circa 1930s. Looking down the hill in the early '30s from what is now the lawn in front of Jasmine cabin.
Harbin Hot Springs Swimming Tank, circa 1915. Harbin's swimming pool will be 100 years old in 2012. This view, taken from where there now is the Poolside Café, shows the main Annex/Capitol hotel in the left. After a fire in the 1970's, the second two stories that overlooked the swimming pool were razed and a sun deck built over the first floor which now serves as the Health Services office and massage rooms.
Harbin Hot Springs Bath House, circa 1910. Peeking out from the porch of the Capitol Hotel where the sun deck is now, looking over to where now we have our sauna. The main pools were remodeled into basically their current configuration in 1917. The warm pool was in a building until the roof collapsed in the 1960's and was left off. With a postmark of 1910, this view predates all that.