Eureka Springs Journals

Ozark Surprise: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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An October 2004 trip to Eureka Springs by btwood2

·	Basin Spring Park, Eureka Springs Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas More Photos
Quote: An unlikely combination of hippies and fundies reside in this artsy Ozark mountain town, which overflows with friendliness, creativity, old Victorians, and steep inclines, although many of its famed healing springs are barely trickling. Christ of the Ozarks looks down on old Eureka Springs, with resident ghosts and spas aplenty.

Ozark Surprise: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Overview

·	Basin Spring Park, Eureka Springs Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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My kind of town: "I think I’m gonna like this town", I thought as I read the feature story in the October 2004 Eureka Springs Flashlight about the bicycle cop Kouakou Yao, in the U.S. 10 years from Ivory Coast, performing and teaching dance and drumming when he’s off-duty. What is not to like in a town with stores named Two Dumb Dames (a fudge factory) and a collection/museum/store named Frog Fantasy devoted completely to frogs and toads? Where else could you find a Vintage Ladies of the Red Hat Society (who wear purple and red)? I was sure I liked it when ES natives waved and greeted us obvious touristy types skulking around back stre...Read More

1905 Basin Park Hotel The

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Restaurant | "The Balcony Bar and Restaurant"

1905 Basin Park Hotel The Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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After finding a couple of eateries that had already closed down by 4pm, we were starting to get worried, but we needn’t have been. Balcony Bar and Restaurant was exactly what we were looking for. On the second floor of the historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel, the open-air balcony wraps around the front and sides of the building, providing wonderful views of downtown. You can look up and down crooked shop-lined Spring Street or out over Basin Spring Park, home of the original Great Healing Spring known as Basin Spring, right next door to the hotel. We ordered a couple of amber beers and took a look at the menu. We didn’t get further than the very first thing o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

1905 Basin Park Hotel The
12 Spring Street
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-7837

Healing Springs of Eureka Springs

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Healing Springs of Eureka Springs Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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"Here’s your bucket; now keep it filled with healing water and keep drinking as much of it as you can. Soak in the springs several times a day. Should take care of what ails you." That may have been the essence of what health seekers to Eureka Springs were instructed back in 1879. That was the year that Dr. Alvah Jackson of Eureka Springs treated and cured his friend Judge J.B. Saunders of erysipelas, an inflammatory Group A streptococcal skin infection, using spring water, and the word quickly spread far and wide. By the end of 1879, Eureka Springs’ population had swelled to 10,000, making it the fourth largest city in Arkansas. In 1882, wealthy investors poured in money to develop E...Read More

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Healing Springs of Eureka Springs
along Spring Street and all around town
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway

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Attraction | "Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway"

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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There’s quite a bit to see at the old Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway Station even if you don’t take a train ride. We spent a couple of entertaining hours there looking at a good collection of old railroad equipment both outside and indoors. You’ll find the old station on the north end of Main Street, past a roundhouse (now an inn) on the left and a big old, sagging building on the right. These are the ruins of the Eureka Springs Electric Light and Street Railway Company, providing power for homes and resorts from 1891 to 1930, when it was destroyed by a fire. The fine limestone depot building dates from 1913, when it was built to replace the original wooden stationhouse, which had serve...Read More

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Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
299 N Main St
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-9623

The Great Passion Play

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Attraction

The Great Passion Play Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Winning free Great Passion Play tickets in Branson brought us to Eureka Springs. We spent most of the day on Magnetic Mountain, where the 2-hour Passion Play takes place from May through October every evening except Sundays and Wednesdays. Our certificate included admission to other attractions, including Sacred Arts Center and Bible Museum. Free to all visitors are Church in the Grove, beside it a section of the Berlin Wall, the 67-foot tall Christ of the Ozarks, and a Parables of the Potter presentation. Not included in our "package" were the New Holy Land Tour and dinner at the Great Passion Play Restaurant. We did end up eating there anyway ($10.75 per person), but I wish we hadn’t. It was a ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Rd.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
(479) 253-9200

Crescent Hotel and Park

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·Crescent Hotel and Spa Photo, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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The sun was almost penetrating the autumn Ozark mist as we looped around yet another turn on exceedingly curvy old Prospect Road on the Historic Loop around Eureka Springs. Suddenly, high on West (or Crescent) Mountain, we found ourselves at the entrance of imposing Crescent Hotel gardens and grounds. A surge of expectation and excitement went through me, as I’d read the hotel was supposed to be haunted. Bob does not believe in ghosts but badly needed to use the bathroom, so we quickly parked, and as he strode purposefully into the lobby, I meandered around the perimeter of the Crescent, taking it in slowly. The large Victorian hotel, completed in 1886, has been renovated but still holds an...Read More