Bring the dough
My favorite thing about Eureka Springs is the winding roads, and victorian homes. The shops are wonderful, and you may want to plan on wanting to spend a lot of money, or I should just say, wanting to buy many things. I think just sitting in the towns center in front of the outdoor stage, just watching people. I have many fond memories though. There is this old monestary behind the Crescent hotel, that was so neat to walk through.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
This is a 4,300 acre US Civil War Military Park. It is here that a March 1862 battle was fought that helped to save Missouri for the Union forces. Approximately 26,000 soldiers from both the Confederate and Union forces waged a battle that would determine if the Union forces could keep heading south through the Mississippi river valley. Union forces prevailed, and Missouri was preserved. The battle is also significant as Cherokee Indian soldiers helped fight for the Confederacy. This site is considered one of the best preserved sites of the Civil War.
Heritage Village is for...
Heritage Village is for antique lovers. There are dozens of buildings full of authentic antique items. You walk around in a park like setting among beautiful buildings and learn about history.
There was a great lecture about antiques and collecting that we enjoyed very much.
This has a lot of history and still is in use today. Build rock solid because it is all rock limestone. The inside has not changed since construction in 1912 with a $12,000 donation. This is one of 2,000+ he helped build in the US with his money. Senator Rosewater who came form Hungary a few years earlier lobbied for the building of this library. He succeeded
From Another Era
"In Search of Times Past"
At the end of the 19C, time was measured in weeks,not even in days, certainly not the hours or minutes of today. The accumulation of wealth was slower and more durable . Medical treatment was not miraculous but slow and halting and even money could not assure its success. So when the railroad came to Eureka Springs in 1883, it blossomed as a health resort. In the previous years it was already popular for the "curative" powers of its springs, but now the ancient history and temperate Ozark air was accessible to the well-to-do (many from nearby Texas) who did not like the brashness (Las Vegas-like) of Hot Springs in the middle of the state."Taking the waters" was an obsession with the upper class in both America and Europe (where such places as Baden-Baden, Spa and Montecatini continue to thrive, as do the many of the Health Spas of today). The remnants of that time are relaxing to stroll through and examine .
"In the Old Town"
On the upper end of the old town sits the Crescent Hotel from 1886 which has been meticulously restored and is attempting to provide the modern equivalent of the Eureka experience. All around are shops and an art and crafts community that quietly and tolerantly grows. This is accompanied by several places that give attention to food, for the attracted sightseers usually want more than fast food.
"The Medical Place for Belief"
In times past "cure" or even relief were uncertain. Some Spas quickly drifted toward hedonism (food, entertainments, card-playing and gambling) even as the Romans did. On the other hand some adopted religiosity (prayer for divine intercession and miraculous cures). A deep current of religious feeling has persisted in Eureka Springs and is expressing itself in the Passion Play at one extreme and the Thorncrown Chapel at the other. The waters have receded in popularity but the ambience persists