Dec 17, 1891
When a mule starts to act mean he can fill the bill to perfection. A little wild looking buckskin took a notion to balk on the grade just above the Basin spring this morning and amused a crowd of spectators for nearly an hour with his antics before he concluded that he would pull the very moderate load that he was hitched to.
Saloons Bars Taverns
The early history of Eureka Springs was reprinted on numerous occasions in local newspapers during the Late 1800s and during the 1910 to 1925 era. Everyone was certain to know of the city's growth from its inception and gloried in it.
The following is from a partial reading of newspapers on microfiche at the Carnegie Library that pertains to Saloons and Bars.
July 30, 1891 Parlor Saloon Spring and Center
Dec 17, 1891 Frisco Saloon F.M. Hancock and Joe Long, Props
Dec 17, 1891 The Parlor Conner Brown, prop Liquor, Pool Tables, Reading room Old Bank Bldg on Spring St
Dec 17, 1891 Cooks Saloon Spring & Center Bartenders EL Kyle & Wm Howarton
Dec 17, 1891 A.N. Matthew Wines - Whiskey - Brandy #14 N. Main
Mar 2, 1905 Brumfield Saloon located in the Wadsworth Hotel.
Mar 18, 1908 Wellington Saloon Rice Building Spring St Harris & Adams Prop
Mar 18, 1908 The Senate Bar J.T. Smith, Prop
Above right shows the Frisco Saloon on the first level of the Flat Iron Building in 1910.
Below is a 1907 advertising by the Wellington. Notice the gallon and quart pricing as compared to the cost of a shot today.
The fate of four Eureka Springs saloons was decided below.
Eureka Springs Flashlight -- S. A. DIEHL, Editor -- Friday January 8 1909 -- Vol. 12, No. 50
SALOONS AGAIN DOING BUSINESS --- Case Decided in Their Favor By Judge Dodson
SAW FIVE DRY DAYS
The Contest Lasted Five Days, Both Sides Fighting for Every Inch of Ground. "Saloons or no saloons," was the question. The debate took place before his honor, Judge Dobson, at Berryville, taking up the greater portion of five days --Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The affirmative side of the question was looked after by Attorneys James and Fuller, the saloon interests of the city, and an adult census petition.
The negative side was championed by Attorney Butt, the Anti-Saloon League, and a petition of 1096 names.
After hearing the arguments on both sides, Judge Dobson, decided in favor of the affirmative.
Well, it's all over for another year, at least; the majority of the adult population of Eureka Springs have said that the saloons may stay for another year.
We are a representative democracy and believe in majority rule, and until such time as the people of the state, county, or municipality vote or decide differently, Eureka Springs' four saloons have a legal right to exist and do business in this city.
The original petition contained 1,263 names and the census petition, 2,562 names; these were whittled down to 1,096 and 2,481 names respectively. In other words, the petition suffered the loss of 167 names and the census, 81 names. The petition lacked just 146 names of enough to exclude saloons within the three mile limit.
The saloon license having expired December 31, 1908, this city saw five dry days, not counting Sunday. Licenses were issued Thursday morning.
Must Stay Dry 1911 -- Flashlight
With the closing of Saloons in Eureka Springs comes the announcement from Prosecuting Attorney Fuller and Chief of Police Pike, that the city must positively remain DRY. Both declaring they will not tolerate the least violation of the law.
Mr. Fuller says he will prosecute to the fullest anyone selling liquor. He apprehends no trouble from the old-timers, but realizes that the officers will need to keep a sharp lookout for new-comers in the traffic.
NOTE: Some early ads for saloons appeared in the July 1907 Flashlight issue, but were not seen again until ___________???
Look Here! And remember what we say! All our whiskies bought straight from the Government Warehouse. No cheap blends or rectified stuff.
Frisco Saloon Hancock & Long operators (located in the Flat Iron Bldg)
Brumfield Saloon -- located in the Wadsworth Hotel.
Wellington Saloon -- operated by Harris & Adams in the Rice Building on Spring St.
Senate Bar J.T. Smithe, Proprietor
Sanborn maps did not show saloons in any of its years except in 1904, showing four bars downtown. One at the Flat Iron Building, one at the Allred (New Orleans) Hotel, one at 50 Spring Street, and another at 83 Spring Street.
Eureka Springs is a most friendly town, but mishaps have happened. The following account describes what occurred at oneof the local taverns.
Page extractions from the book by Peg Agee.
Today, Eureka Springs has many Bars, Saloons, Taverns, and Restaurants.
Eureka Springs is unique in Arkansas, having its own State Statutes to guide and implement the sale of spirited beverages.