Hello! One of the biggest highlights of our early summer vacation was our visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (If your confused by the title of my post, I realize it's not in Missouri, but it's close! It's about a two hour drive from Springfield, Missouri where we were staying). I wanted so much to talk about Eureka Springs in only one post, but I have so many photographs and stories to tell, it's impossible. Eureka Springs was for our family, the perfect vacation spot. It's this idyllic little Victorian Village set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. It encompasses everything we love: nature, history, beauty, and art. The first thing that struck me about this place, was that it was a rare piece of living American History. The ENTIRE CITY is listed on National Register of Historic Places. That's incredible. When I was in Europe a few years ago, I was awestruck that so much of their history still existed in the architecture. They don't tear things down in Europe and rebuild constantly like they do in America. In America, we lose so much of our history because we are constantly demolishing, destroying, and rebuilding. But when you step inside this town, it's as if your magically transported back through time.
The picture below shows the very first building we saw as we entered the city. It's an old abandoned ice house.
Once we were done strolling up the beautiful, shaded neighborhoods, we started to enter the central, commercial part of the city. The street started to turn into an old-fashioned town. The roads were steep and winding, with multiple paths and walkways twisting and turning so you are always surprised by every turn. Many of the shops even have multiple entrances on different levels of streets. A local shopkeeper told me that I could never get lost in Eureka Springs because it's just one big five mile long loop (though I found it very confusing, and most of the time I had no idea where I was! LOL!). None of the streets intersect at a 90 degree angle like most city streets, and they do not have any traffic lights....so watch out! Many of the buildings look they were literally built right into the rocks, and rise and fall with the topography, and many are indeed built of local stone.
Below is the Grand Central Hotel which was built in the late 1880's . We were able to step inside and look around the foyer. It was very small, rustic, and reminded me an old Wild West Hotel. Very Simple, yet grand in it's simplicity.
My husband and I noticed a very 'New Orleans' feel to many of the streets with the wrought ironwork over many of the buildings.
Have a great day! Amy