Talk:Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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SbmeirowTalk • 03:46, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Reads Like a Tourism Brochure[edit]

I came to this article in anticipation of an upcoming weekend in Eureka Springs. I wanted some objective information about the town and found an advertisement. How is wikipedia supposed to be an encyclopedia if people come along and find worthless articles like this one? Matt 16:06, 24 July 2007 (UTC)

This is actually a poor attempt to give information about Eureka Springs and nothing on it really advertises anything. I have been there many times and hundreds of non-advertising facts are left out of this article. I think that is what is really missing. Sckooter 02:20, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

It does read like a brochure still, and it needs help. I live less than 10 miles from Eureka, and the article is larger than the town. It needs to be fixed, but it will consume someone's whole weekend just to salvage, and I don't have the time. I nominate...someone. Habaneroman SignTalk 19:05, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

If it's a brochure, it omits one of the largest tourist events- the Passion Play, which has been described as one of the largest outdoor performances in the United States, according to Wikipedia's article on the subject. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 63.76.131.62 (talk) 21:31, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

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Description[edit]

The local Catholic Church boasts a street-level entrance to its bell tower.

One of Eureka Springs' attractions is the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad, which operates excursion trains behind a vintage diesel over approximately two miles of historic tracks. The railroad also has several steam locomotives on display.

Most of the stores and shops in the commercial district are locally owned and managed. They consist primarily of specialty shops featuring local crafts, antiques, the works of local artists, and standard Ozark tourist fare. The downtown area also features various coffee shops and sidewalk cafés. The town has more than 20 art galleries in the downtown area. The city maintains a trolley service providing transportation around town for the tourists who visit the town.

Ripley's Believe It or Not has noted numerous details about the city: The Basin Park Hotel is built on a hill, with entrances at "ground level" for each of its eight stories. The Palace Bath House has the first neon sign installed west of the Mississippi River. Penn Memorial Baptist Church connects to three different streets at three different levels and has three street addresses. St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church is the only church that is entered through the bell tower. The town's winding, hilly, curved streets form 16 "S's", a large "O", and numerous "U's" and "V's," yet the town has no perpendicular street crossings.

It is home to one of few outdoor staircases not attached to a street that is considered a street by the United States Postal Service.[1] Having no level spot in town large enough for a rodeo, circus, or baseball diamond was another fact that Ripley included. A stadium was built in 1948 after an area had been made level, but this was torn down and replaced in the 1980s by an athletic field, known as Van Pelt Stadium.

Lifestyle and people[edit]

Eureka Springs has a unique eclectic mix of people and lifestyles, including artists, retirees, families and a sizable gay and lesbian population. The city is proud of its reputation as a diversity haven for those of all walks of life. It was home to WPA-era muralist Louis Freund (one of his murals may be viewed at the Bank of Eureka Springs), jeweler Elsa Freund (named one of the foremost jewelry designers of the 1950s), novelist Constance Wagner, painter Tommy Thomas, and many others. Later, culinary writer and children's book author Crescent Dragonwagon, dubbed by USA Today "the most interesting person in Eureka Springs", made her home there for 33 years. With her late husband Ned Shank, she co-founded both the first bed-and-breakfast inn in the town, Dairy Hollow House, and later the non-profit Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow.

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  1. ^ DeLano, Patti (2008). Arkansas Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (9th ed.). GPP Travel. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-7627-4856-3.