As I mentioned Monday, some of our kids spent time with us in Eureka Springs this last weekend, so I thought we’d do a few things we’d never done before. G-Man and I’ve been to Eureka so many times, there’s not a whole lot we haven’t done, but I found a couple of things.
We toured the springs! (Yes, there are springs in Eureka Springs. LOL!)
It’s funny, but we’d never spent time actually exploring the thing ES is named for.
Eureka was first established because of the healing quality of the natural springs. Indians believed in the healing power, Civil War soldiers recouped there. And (I hear) people still soak in the hot springs in some of the spas. We didn’t do that. (Maybe on the next trip.)
The first spring we visited was inside an antique store. Yes, we bit the bullet 😛 and shopped at that store so we could see the Gadd Spring.
We loved this shop. Probably could have spent the entire time we stayed in Arkansas just exploring the place and grounds.
Can you imagine the joy of having this inside your shop? Too cool!
See the water falling toward the bottom of the picture? That’s the spring, springing! Great place to grow plants.
This is the spring most people see, but I’m not sure they realize it’s the spring. The water has been routed to this fountain, which runs pretty much all the time. Beautiful, isn’t it?
This spring had two names. It was called Laundry Spring, because so many people did their wash there, back in the day.
This was a gorgeous place. Lots of room to climb or just hang around.
Here’s the undrinkable fountain at that location. We met a woman from the area with her two kids (and their dog, Barney) at this spring. The kids were polite, obedient and delightful. The woman was friendly and full of helpful knowledge.
She told us about walking trails, where we could find free maps, and that we could go into any of the public areas at the Crescent Hotel without worry. (I’ll tell you about visiting The Most Haunted Hotel in the World on Halloween.)
Then we ran into this woman and her kids every place we went. She even stayed at our hotel for the weekend so her kids could swim, so we had breakfast near each other a few times. (She could sniff out a full coffee pot with the best of them!)
Is that a cool mom or what?
This candle was burning in Grotto Spring Cave, wherethe spring originates. The woman from ES hated it being there because, she said, it’s killing the cave life.
We didn’t blow it out anyway.
The last spring we visited was Magnetic Spring. It’s near the bottom of Magnet Road, which leads from the Passion Play to Main Street. I’m not sure why they named it Magnetic.
- Leaf Peeking at Sweet Spring (theeffstop.com)