Eureka Springs

Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

In its early days, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was a popular Victorian-era spa resort, with visitors arriving by train to take the water cure in the 1890s.

Decades later, in the 1940s, a group of painters, traveling to this small Ozarks village by automobile during the summers, established a permanent art colony. Today, more than 10 percent of the town’s 2,000 residents work as artists, either in their own studios or in more than 30 galleries amid Eureka Springs’ steep curving boulevards and lush spring-fed gardens.

Anna Skalicky

Eureka Springs has a long and fascinating history.  In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, KSMU's Michele Skalicky goes on a walking tour of an entire town that has been designated as an Historic Preservation District.

Ralph Wilson is working to keep the history of historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas alive by sharing stories about the city.  The Denver native, who came to the Northwest Arkansas in 2006, is one of two people who get paid to give tours of historic downtown.

The History Behind 'America's Most Haunted Hotel'

Oct 22, 2010

In our ongoing Sense of Place series, we bring you stories of years gone by here in the Ozarks. In the spirit of Halloween, KSMU’s Emma Wilson visited a historical hotel with a history of haunts.

It’s a clear night in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A crescent moon hangs perfectly over America’s most haunted hotel. The Crescent Hotel has been around for almost 125 years and has a long history of hauntings. I’m here to go on the “Ghost Tour” which is given almost every evening.