"Contents of this web site and all original works are copyright ©2010-2011 - Dan Ellis - All rights reserved. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of owner."
Prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when I lived on the Gulf Coast, I had written 22 self-published books and numerous articles and columns for newspapers and monthly magazines. All of my books are local heritage histories which centered on various communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Two of my favorite books were “Historic District Mansions of Pass Christian” and the other, “Gold Coast Watering Places.” Both of these dealt with the cultural life style and architecture of the earliest hotels and palatial dwellings that predominated during Antebellum times and after the Civil War through the 1920s.
Upon arriving in Eureka Springs I was spellbound by the extant hotels that I found in superb condition due to the many former owners who realized that it took considerable money to maintain such jewels.
I became enchanted by the magnificent stonework structure and glorious 4th floor views from the Crescent Hotel. The odors and rickety narrow stairway of the Basin Park Hotel in climbing to the top. The aged glory of the below ground nightclub and restaurant at the New Orleans Hotel. The wonderful elegance and refurbishment to the Grand Central Hotel. The cleanliness and wholesomeness of the suites in the Palace Bath House Hotel.
These are overwhelming edifices each with stories to be told. Countless visitors have stayed at these hostelries, enjoying their honeymoons or anniversaries or for their joyful occasion.
My first inclination was of course to write a book, or more, on Eureka Springs -- which I did -- a booklet about "Carrie Nation" and this was followed by a novelette on exploring the various sites of interest in and around Eureka Springs in the early 1900's -- named "Romancing Eureka."
I then realized that with all the research that I have as ongoing preoccupation, I no longer wanted to publish a printed book or be involved in the necessary promotions and retail support required to give a book a decent sales performance. Therefore, I am injecting all my time to using my computer and the Internet as a scratch pad where I can dump my unfolding files and reorganize them as I go along.
So bear with me -- my bent is still very strong in gathering all the data that can be derived about the "Hostelries of Eureka Springs." I'm confident that other slices of Eurekan History will be borne from these efforts.
P.S. I have always had the notion of redesigning my "Id" with non-Vocabularic words. Several decades ago, while in the computer business I referred to myself as a "Computerist" -- skipping through a bunch of other non-descripts -- I now am a "Webrarian" which I tagged in 1995 when researching and posting to the Internet about my then home town of Pass Christian. Not to confuse my "id" with my personal "I.D." -- I am also a Historiographer and a Scrutinarian.
Credits -- Credits -- Credits
The Healing Fountain -- 1881 by L. J Kalklosch
Cutter's Guide to the Eureka Springs -- 1884 by Charles Cutter
The Eureka Springs of Arkansas -- 1885 by Dr. W.W. Johnston
Goodspeed's Carroll County History -- 1889
Eureka Springs: The resort of the Ozarks -- 1907 by John W. Kearney
Pioneer Tales of Eureka Springs and Carroll County -- 1930 by Cora Pinkley-Call
Eureka Springs Arkansas — Stair - Step - Town -- 1952 by Cora Pinkley-Call
Basin Park Hotel -- 2005 by Basin Park Hotel
The Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks -- 2005 by Dr. R.R. Woolery
Points -- 1900 - 1901 by Giles Miller
Daily Times-Echo -- April 22, 1905 -- Special Edition
Daily Times-Echo -- June 6, 1907 -- Souvenir Edition - Arkansaw Travelers Convention
Too numerous to list
Eureka Springs Public Library
Eureka Springs Museum -- Springs of Eureka Springs Project
University of Arkansas
Re: "Drink to your Health" -- 1925 booklet
"The hotels of Eureka Springs afford a great variety of accommodation. Ample provision is made for people of modest taste, as well as those who demand a more elaborate entertainment. You will find quiet little hotels tucked back in the mountains away from the noise and crowds, and it is here will be found a haven of refuge for tired, aching nerves. Upon the other hand, the highly modernized hotel providing amusements of various kinds, including roof gardens, dance halls, billiard and pool rooms, will be a constant source of delight to those seeking gaiety and a general good time. In addition to the hotels are a number of splendid private boarding houses, furnishing tables groaning with delicious home cooked food. Not only are the hotels and boarding houses of Eureka Springs well equipped for what they pretend to be, but their rates are reasonable. In fact, it is one of the marvels of tourists visiting the City to find the rates so reasonable, considering the accommodations provided. Lack of space prevents naming all of the hotels, boarding houses and rooming houses in the city."