[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 16; the post was published on October 6.]
Today is Day 6 of our 13-day vacation. We are in Eureka Springs, AR attending the annual Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) Reunion motorcycle rally.
Bob and I rode to downtown Eureka Springs this morning. Downtown Eureka Springs is an enchanting place. I love the architecture and the overall quaint feeling of the downtown area.
We parked in a privately-owned lot, along S. Main Street, near the Cathouse.
Neither Bob nor I were familiar with this type of parking meter. I learned that this parking meter is known as an “honor box”. Owners monitor honor boxes to make sure that for each space in which a vehicle is located a payment has been made. Nonpayment at one of the private lots may result in your vehicle being towed.
Please join Bob and me, as we walk along S. Main and Spring Streets.
Downtown Eureka Springs is a shopper’s mecca, a shopping community. Whether you like to shop for clothes, jewelry, fine art, gourmet food, kitchen supplies or home decor, Eureka Springs has it all. We explored many stores during our walk along S. Main and Spring Streets. It took willpower, but we made only one purchase. I purchased a Route 66 shoulder bag.
Carroll County actually has two county seats (Eureka Springs and Berryville) due to the seasonal swelling of the Kings River, which divides the county in a nearly vertical line. Historically, this made the river non-navigable and severed the county in two. Modern bridges solved this problem long ago, but the twin county seat solution remained.
Continuing our walk along S. Main Street, we discovered a mural.
This historic mural (12 feet high by 55 feet wide) dramatizes the early days of Eureka Springs; from the Indians who first camped here and discovered the curative properties of the many springs to the tourism of the early 20th Century. This painting was done by members of the Eureka Springs Guild of Artist and Crafts people. It was designed and supervised by well known artist and muralist Louis Freund, longtime resident.
Continuing our walk along Spring Street, we approach the Basin Spring Park.
Basin Spring is a legendary Indian healing spring known to Native Americans and early pioneer settlers. It is now the heart of Eureka Springs.
Basin Spring Park offers a picture-perfect resting place for busy shoppers. There is often live music performed in the bandshell.
At the intersection of Spring and Center Streets, we discovered a building that reminded us of a similar building found in our hometown of Warren, PA.
I read that the Flatiron Building is one of the most photographed buildings in Eureka Springs. The original building was built in 1880 and was destroyed by fire in 1890. Shortly after, a new building was erected and also was destroyed by fire. The current building was built in 1987, constructed entirely of concrete. Can you see why this Eureka Springs building reminded me of the flatiron building found in my hometown?
This is the Basin Park Hotel.
Last night’s bachelorette party began here, with dinner at The Balcony Bar & Restaurant. We ate outside, under the green awning.
What follows are six more photographs that I took, while walking up Spring Street.