1886 Bath Houses Found on Sanborn Maps
1886-American Hotel Bathhouse
1886-Basin Spring Bathhouse
1886-Crescent Circle Bath House
1886-Gault Bath House
1886-Nuttal Bath House
1886-Sweet Spring Bathhouse
Across the street from the Calef House was the Table Rock Bath House bridging Leatherwood Creek -- frequently flooded after heavy rains.
The Calif Spring, aka Table Rock Spring, itself is below the odd round stone structure from the 1930s which holds an ultraviolet light sanitation treatment system. A watering trough for horses still remains
Eureka Springs was founded and organized and grew into a city and has sustained itself through the years due to the many Mineral Springs that abound.
Originally the water was drank and persons bathed their ills alongside the spring waters. As the area became known for its extraordinary cures, more and more infirmed people found their way to Eureka Springs. As a result, not just for cleanliness but for the benefit of cures, bath houses were built to cater to the needs of the many people who made the pilgrimage in seeking of good health.
The first bath-house built was by D.G. Gault, operated by Mrs. Marshall. The house was built over the gulch located on the south side of W.O. Perkins planing mill. It burned down.
1879-81 -- L.J. Kalklosch on Bath Houses
Mr. T. Jackson, a son of Dr. Jackson, erected a small bath-house below the Spring, erected a storehouse, and brought the third stock of goods to the Springs.
The town could now boast of three stores, one regular boarding house, a post-office, a bath-house, and a quack doctor of great pretensions.
Another very important enterprise was now fast building up. Mr. J. S. Tibbs, of Missouri, appeared on the scene, and purchased the bath-house near the Spring, of Mr. T. Jackson and engaged in Shipping Eureka Water in all directions.
1884 -- Cutter’s Guide on Bath Houses
It is very important for all to bathe regularly and often, especially invalids who frequently experience as much benefit from bathing as from drinking the water from our famous springs.
There are several good bath houses here, but we can not devote th space necessary to do them all justice. Among the best, we will name the Basin Spring Bath House, Little Eureka Bath House, Gault Bath House, Sweet Spring Bath House, and Harding Bath House. There are also several small establishments. In most these named, accommodation can be found for hot, cold, shower, douche, vapor, and electric baths. They are well managed, and as a rule are uniform in their prices.
Little Eureka Bath House
This bath house is situated near the Little Eureka Spring, and a short distance southeast of the Basin Spring. It is supplied by the Little Eureka and Cave Springs. Immediately surrounding it are a number of good hotels and boarding houses — among them the Farmerville House, Richmond House, Little Eureka House, etc.
It is newly built and fitted up in first-class style, has eight tubs, with both male and female attendants, and gives the following baths as same prices as other bath houses: Plain, Sea, Sitz, Russian, Electric, French bran, Manipulation, etc.
The favor in which the waters of these springs are held, by those who know their merits, gives this bath house a large percentage.
The proprietor, Thomas R. Foote, is also a shipper of “Little Eureka Water” boiled and condensed, for cancer, sore eyes, etc. He also guarantees to ship water pure from Basin Spring, cheap as any other house in the city. He ships in any quantity.
Mr. Foote is himself a living proof of the curative properties of the waters of Eureka Springs. He came here in March 1882, with dyspepsia of seven years’ standing, and not a single hair on his head; he is now entirely well, and has a full head of hair.
The Daily Echo -- July 30, 1891 --- Little Eureka Bath House – WE Grunwell, Prop – 8 plain baths for $1 – “Not quite as much style, but just as good accommodations”
1885 -- W.W. Johnston
There are bath-;houses in close proximity to all the principal springs. These are modern in all their appointments, and are convenient of access; and invalids who are unable to walk from the hotels can be taken in carriages, and after baths, returned.
Basin Spring Bath House
This elegant and commodious bath house is situated on Main Street immediately below the Basin Spring, at a distance of seventy-five yards.
The Little Eureka Bath House
Located one-half mile east of the Basin Spring, is a small stream that remains uninfluenced by rain or weather. This spring is one of undoubted remedial properties, and has proved of especial benefit in dyspepsia and diseases peculiar to persons thus afflicted. It is in a romantic spot, and in its immediate vicinity are a convenient bath-house, hotel, and boarding-houses.
Bath Houses: The Palace Bath House, located on Spring, near Harding Spring and the Basin Bath House, just across the street from Basin Spring, are both up-to-date Bath Houses and are prepared to serve all kinds of baths at reasonahle prices.