For a few hundred years, photographs of Eureka Springs have been shared throughout history. Many show the iconic spots in and around town like the Christ of the Ozarks statue or the first Flatiron building, or the current Flatiron building, the Victorian homes and architecture and all too often, people capture wonderful images of our highly acclaimed architectural marvel - Thorncrown Chapel.
In this blog-post, we would like to change the perspective and revel in the beauty of Eureka Springs as we look down upon her from above.
All too often, we take images from the ground while standing in front of an attraction looking up at it, or capturing it head on, but by having a simple change in perspective, we are able to bask in the beauty of something once more but from a new angle or viewpoint.
Eureka Springs is many things to many people. The radically inclusive residents drive the culture here, the illustrious history and architecture spice in some intrigue and wonder, the parades, music, events and festivals bring forward seasonal changes that refresh our experiences and enrich our lives as residents and visitors and the water, the ghosts and the former famous residents infuse a sense of mystery in it all.
What also makes Eureka Springs special is the location.
This mountain town is perfectly nestled in the Ozark hills of Arkansas, not too far from the borders to Missouri, or Oklahoma. By taking a moment to simply change our perspective and look down upon her, we are able to see Eureka Springs in a whole new way and this allows us to fall in love with her all over again.
Eureka Springs has a small population of roughly 2,500 people, and is a secluded, yet unique place. Eureka Springs is special for being the only town or city in the United States whose entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Palace Bath House, Basin Park Hotel, and Crescent Hotel are all in the Victorian style and were built around the natural springs for which the town was named. Also of note are the Thorncrown Chapel on the hill overlooking the center of town, and the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Selected as one of America's Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Eureka Springs blends old Victorian architecture with carefree eclectic charm for an atmosphere that is like nowhere else.
Eureka Springs is situated midway between Northwest Arkansas’ Boston Mountain Range and the Ozark hills.
In winter, Eureka Springs is mild and when summer arrives, the climate is pleasant. Autumn is absolutely breathtaking as the Ozark hills are alive with vibrant color.
The Kings River, the White River, Beaver Lake, Black Bass Lake, Table Rock Lake and Lake Leatherwood are also nearby.
Sixty-three springs flow from the mountainsides in Eureka Springs and settlements developed around the area as folks were drawn to these springs. It was the springs that were the basis for the establishment of our city.
Because the wealthiest decided to locate close to the springs, property values were based on the proximity to the springs.
Today, twelve of the springs in the historic district are noted by structures maintained by Eureka Springs Parks. The Parks team also creates and maintains all of the landscaping features unique to each spring.
Crescent Spring, for example, features an elaborate Victorian era gazebo and Grotto Spring has a stairway down into a grotto that has been built into the hillside.
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of a big city and stepping into the quiet charm of a small town is an ideal way to experience somewhere new. It is our hope that you have enjoyed this unique iloveureka blog-post taking you to new heights as you experience Eureka Springs from this new, joy-spotting perspective.❤️
Discovering Eureka is a blog series where we seek to discover the unique things that make Eureka Springs. There is so much to see, experience and explore here in Eureka Springs and in this series we will take time to give you the local perspective on what to do, where to go, what to see and how did this become something significant for our town. Take a moment to check out the different chapters in this blog series on www.iloveureka.com
All of the historic research for this non-revenue generating community blog is complied by using various methods and resources widely available. I often find information from public libraries, magazines, books, historical publications, websites, other blogs, and much more. This story was compiled with the help of traveleurekasprings.com