Monday, June 14, 2010

History in Eureka Springs,Arkansas

Eurekans, whether "born here" -- "born again" -- or, simply being "perplexed newbies"

 All have a love and eagerness about the heritage and history of Eureka Springs and of the Ozarks.
Anyone may submit an historical essay for posting on this site. This site was created by Dan Ellis  The site is so facinating, any oine interested in Eureka Springs history please pay a visit or simply read below.  Thanks Dan for all your hard work.
Well Digging
There was a story told about a well-digger who in digging for water on East Mountain, reached 43- feet; when to his amazement the bottom fell out and he slid down the well shaft landing on Main Street. In redesigning his well, he had to dig upwards from his cottage in order to strike water.
The Aud
In 1928, Mayor Claude A. Fuller lead the construction of the entertainment facility that has come to be known as "The Aud." The first performance in The Auditorium was John Phillip Sousa and his 67-piece band.
Blunder and Strife
From its early beginnings, Eureka Springs was unique in having its very first mayor impeached for fraudulence.
And strife immediately occurred between the "Silk Stockings" and the "Mohawks." Terms that were used to differentiate between the wealthier residents on West Mountain in opposition to the less fortunate squatters on East Mountain and the bar owners and shopkeepers of Main Street.
Arkansas Flag
The Flag was designed by Ms. Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka, Arkansas and adopted in 1913, the Arkansas flag features 25 stars to show that Arkansas was the 25th state admitted to the United States.
 three blue stars have three meanings:
1. Arkansas belonged to three countries -- France, Spain, and the United States -- before attaining statehood.
2. 1803 was the year of the Louisiana Purchase --- of which the land of Arkansas was included, as acquired by the United States
3. Arkansas was the third state created from the purchase by the United States --- after Louisiana and Missouri.
The large star above ARKANSAS symbolizes the Confederacy which it was a part of from 1861-1865, and the diamond formed by the 25 stars represent it as the first diamond-producing state.

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