Castle Hot Springs also served as the first territorial capital of Arizona as well as a retreat for many wealthy businessmen, politicians, and even presidents of the United States.
During its time as the territorial winter capital of the Arizona Territory, Castle Hot Springs was both the residence of the Territorial Governor and a local jail. Castle Hot Springs attracted many of America's wealthiest and most well-known families, including the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Cabots, and the Wrigleys. United States Presidents; including Theodore Roosevelt, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, and Herbert Hoover also stayed there. John F. Kennedy actually spent three months at the resort in 1945, when he was recovering from wounds received during World War II as a Naval officer. The actor, Clark Gable and actress, Carole Lombard also spent their honeymoon at the resort. The author, Zane Grey also stayed there.