5 rainy days in a row has not deterred me from getting to know Eureka Springs. Today’s agenda was to explore the historic downtown area. Conveniently there is a Trolley stop right outside the campground that loops around the city.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas has been a popular resort town and vacation destination since the 1800’s. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas surrounded by rivers and lakes, Eureka Springs became known early on for its healing waters, Victorian architecture and as a haven for artists.
- Eureka Springs was a favorite of Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe it or not. The town has been featured many times in the cartoon
- None of the streets cross at right angles and there are no stoplights in town.
- According to local folklore, Jesse James and his gang hid in the caves around Eureka Springs.
- The only city in America whose entire historic downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places