Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Gina in Eureka Springs

E is for Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Eureka Springs is one of our favorite places. We try to go there several times a year as it is a beautiful three and a half hour drive from home.

Eureka Springs is a Victorian mountain village that was founded in 1879. Judge J.B. Saunders claimed that his crippling disease was cured by the spring waters. Saunders started promoting Eureka Springs to friends and family members across the State and created a boom town. Within a period of little more than one year, the city grew from a rural village to a major city of 5,000 people. By 1889 it was the second largest city in Arkansas. With bath house cures falling out of favor, and the depression that hit the nation being particularly bad in Arkansas, Eureka Spring fell into decline during the 30's.

With the end of World War II the era of the family car trip began. Businesses and services moved to the highway, rustic tourist courts and air-conditioned motels were built alongside diners and gift shops. Sights that had been horseback adventure were now attractions to the motoring tourist. The motoring public could turn-off Hwy 62 down 62B into the valley, follow the loop through the historic little Victorian city, and come back out on the highway.

Downtown Eureka

Early in the 1960s Beaver Lake was completed, and shortly after that Pea Ridge Battle Field National Military Park was opened. Northwest Arkansas attractions continued to expand the number of tourists passing through the Eureka Springs area. In the 1970s, the public was looking for a different lodging experience. The bed and breakfast concept was a perfect fit for the public and for Eureka Springs. The city prospered at a rate reminiscent of the early boom days. It is now a favorite vacation spot for many with over 2500 rooms available. On peek weekends it can be difficult to find a room.

The city has steep winding streets filled with Victorian-style cottages and manors. The old commercial section of the city has an alpine character, with an extensive streetscape of well-preserved Victorian buildings.

City Auditorium

I love to take photos in Eureka Springs and have taken many over the years.

Basin Park

Old Glory


The streets of Eureka are always so colorful and filled with interesting people


J.A. Nelson Gallery


Biker Chicks

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Santa's Helpers 3

Here are a couple of signs that caught my attention. I have always found the sign at Scarlett's amusing. Scarlett's is a shop that sells sexy lingerie and other items to "enhance one's sex life". While everyone else in town is open, Scarlett's is closed on their Sabbath.

Closed On Sabbath

Practice Safe Lunch

Our favorite time of the year to visit Eureka Springs is in the fall when the autumn colors are so beautiful.

Fall Eureka Street Scene

Gina and I

Eureka Color

Eureka Color 2

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  1. What a fun little town. I love the condiments sign. Hilarious.

  2. I just love the name and the word itself EUREKA!! Have a great week and thanks for this great post.

  3. My Hubby and I visited there about 35 years ago. I am shocked to figure out it was that many years ago...it seems like yesterday.
    Thanks for the jolt to my memory. (:0)

  4. Eureka, you have found it! That classic small town...
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. It looks like a unique place, its good when a place like this can reinvent itself. Love the autumn colours.
    Joy - ABC Team

  6. very charming! i'd love to see this little town.


  7. What a wonderful place to visit, - love the building in the first photo!

  8. Wow! Love your photos, especially the signs! What an excellent place to visit. Love its history.

    abcw team

  9. Richie, I can see why you visit it, it looks like a fun and colorful city with a great history.

  10. We've been they a few times, saw the Passion Play and stayed at the big vintage hotel. It certainly is a gorgeous place in autumn.

  11. Lovely pics and interesting post. I love Victorian architecture. How lovely to find that in the midst of all the modern high rise high tech stuff.

    Dropping by from the ABC Wed linkup
    Suzy at Someday Somewhere