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.
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.It 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. 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.
Eureka 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.
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