Wandering Around Eureka Springs Arkansas

This quaint Victorian village is nestled into the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.  The steepness of the hills has caused some houses to have a ground floor entrance on two and sometimes three levels. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA People first started coming to this area during the late 1850’s.  History tells the a man named Dr. Alvah Jackson found springs in 1856 and started selling the spring waters claiming that the water had healing powers.  During the Civil War he set up a hospital in a cave to treat wounded soldiers. After that, word spread and families began coming to the area and camping in tents to take advantage of the water from the 62 springs in the area.  The common belief of the time was that the waters would heal skin diseases.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt remained a camping spot until the first house was built in 1879.  The town was formally founded on July 4, 1879.  By 1883 the town had around fifty hotels and boarding houses.  By then the population was around 4,000 people, however, several thousand more came to take advantage of the spring waters and set up temporary housing.  Several fires in the 1880’s destroyed the original wooden buildings.  The owners rebuilt with stone. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In 1883 a railroad was opened to Eureka Springs and by 1900 as many as 9 trains per day brought tourists to the town and the spring waters.  Even though its reputation for “healing waters” has faded, Eureka Springs is still a town that attracts many tourists.  Today people come to look at the architecture, take in the town’s history and visit its many shops.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEureka Springs Arkansas is about 180 miles northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, 150 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 80 miles south of Springfield, Missouri.  It is on Highway 62.

8 thoughts on “Wandering Around Eureka Springs Arkansas”

  1. Oh my gosh, this brings back memories. I have family in Little Rock, Arkansas and one year when I was in my twenties we made this trip. I actually have a picture of that one building/street you are showing. Loved the town of Eureka Springs and the mountains are so beautiful. Gosh that was so long ago! Now that makes me wonder where those pics are …I will have to look for them. I had forgotten all about them. Thanks for sharing Iris!

  2. Very pretty little town. I love the house that has rocks holding up the front! I love the Victorian buildings. Reminds me a little bit about Findlay, Ohio. If you haven’t been and love Victorian architecture, it’s a great place.

  3. These make me homesick. 😦 But they are pretty, quaint, and lively shots.
    I’m from the north side of the Ozarks in Sedalia, Mo., where my parents still reside.

    Peace and luvz to you today, Iris! 🙂 Uncle Tree

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