A history of America's most famous resort, told with a feeling for the outstanding and colorful people who contributed to its fame. From its origins, to the first settlers who took advantage of the natural springs as a tourist attraction, to its heyday at the turn of the century and its decline, this is a thorough going story of a ""town that used to be in a land that never was"". Gambling and racing contributed more than their share to its fame; society, politics, wealth and beauty were constant attractions. Fires impeded its progress. Reform interfered with its fortunes. But racing still holds sway, even after Europe took away many of its satellites. A nostalgic appeal to an older generation and a specialized section of Americans.