Come with me on a journey to Eureka Springs. We'll make a few stops on the way, so lets go. Oh, and this was about 4 months ago, just never got around to posing em. And please read the subtitles, makes it more interesting.
The journey starts out in Russellville, AR in central Arkansas. To get to Eureka Springs it takes about 3 hours from where I go to school.
Heading across Lake Dardanelle from Russellville, in the distance is Mt. Nebo.
First stop on the trip, Ozark National Forest. 1.2 Million acres of forested land just north of where I live.
First small town we reach on the journey is Jasper. About 50 miles north of Russellville. Its located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.
About 7 miles north of Jasper is the Buffalo River. A protected national wild and scenic river.
Dogpatch USA, a now abandoned theme park that was supposed to rival Disney World when it was first conceived. It closed about 8 years ago and now is just rotting.
The old bumper cart arena thingy.
Next stop, Harrison, the supposed headquarters of the KKK in Arkansas is located in this town. No joke.
Next stop, Alpena, a dying town full of rednecks.
Someones pet cow in their tiny little backyard. Remember this is Arkansas. This stuff is everywhere.
I think this town is Berryville, should have written it down. Last town on the way into Eureka Springs.
Welcome to Eureka Springs. Got there right when it was turning dark. These guys were awesome! They played some pretty mean bluegrass and they were totally wasted which made it even better.
Eureka Springs was founded in 1879 and within one year the population grew from 2 people to about 2000. It was thought to have medicinal water and thousands from around the country and world flocked there.
Now Eureka Springs is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state and is one of the most liberal towns in Arkansas, if not the most. There is a large gay population there and its totally refreshing to find a place like this in a mostly backwards redneck state.
Woke up the next day and went for a walk around the town.
The Carnegie Library funded by Mr. Carnegie who was visited often.
The Crescent Hotel
This Catholic Church is the only church in the world where you enter it from the belltower on the street above.
The Flatiron Building, built 1985!
The railroad track that at one point brought thousands of people into the town.
The abandoned power station by the railroad station
Leaving Eureka Springs for Beavers
One of the only wooden suspension bridges in the world, located in Beavers Arkansas
Leaving Eureka Springs
Hope you enjoyed the tour, until next time....