Historic Springs in Eureka Springs

May 23rd, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Part of Eureka Springs’ natural beauty comes from our historic springs. Way back in the 1860′s, long before the tourists arrived, the Indians knew all about our healing waters. This area was considered sacred ground and all weapons were laid down before entering the sacred area. Of course, the white man did find it eventually and that was the beginning of the town of Eureka Springs. There are sixty-something original springs throughout the area (I’ve actually heard there were over 100, but that may be because more is outside the city limits). Some springs are actually in people’s back yards and one that I know of is inside a well-known (and really cool!) store called Mountain Eclectic, on Main St.

There are six well-known springs right on Spring St., within easy walking distance of the Bridgeford House. Our favorites are Crescent Spring and Harding Spring (oh, shoot, we love Grotto Spring, too, which has a neat cave). The area surrounding these springs are fashioned into a vision of beauty during the season by our incredible city gardener, Don E. Allen. Talk about magic at work and more than two green thumbs!

Harding Spring Roses

Harding Springs Centerpiece

Some springs (and all around town) you will see incredible limestone bluffs and caves. There are paths all around these springs and bluffs which make for some exciting discoveries on foot.

Harding Spring Bluff

Grotto Spring & Cave

These photos do not even do these gardens and springs justice – you have to come see for yourself! Also, watch our Facebook page for photos posted often as the gardens develop and the seasons change.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

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