Sweet Spring - Eureka Springs, AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member paulspaper
N 36° 24.272 W 093° 44.268
15S E 433844 N 4029072
Quick Description: Sweet Spring is perhaps one of the most visually striking springs in town. Sweet Spring is off of Spring Street across from the Eureka Springs Post Office.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 2/13/2022 8:06:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM15R5Q
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Clan Riffster
Views: 1

Long Description:
From the historical sign:

This spring derived its name from early townspeople who declared the water to have a pleasant, sweet taste. The spring was originally. located in the deep ravine below the present site. A long wooden stairway led from the spring to the narrow wagon road then known as Rice street; which is now called Spring Street. Sweet Spring was also referred to as spout spring.

Around 1865 workmen dug into the mountainside above the street to locate the stream of water in a more accessible location. A stone lined circular enclosure around the spring and finely pointed limestone walls were constructed against the hillside. The Waldrip Brothers, William, James and John, were the skilled stonemasons who performed this work.

When Spring Street was widened, a small public area adjacent to the spring was set aside. Wide boardwalks and wood benches were built. A long wooden stairway led to a pathway and a street above the spring.
In 1916 the walorip brothers built a stone stairway inset with benches to replace the old wood steps. The Eureka Springs Women’s Club funded these improvements, along with many other community beautification projects. A.O. Clark, who later designed the auditorium in 1928, was the architect for the project.

Sweet Spring and the wooded area above and below it were established by ordinance no. 77 dated February 15, 1886 as a spring reservation, preserved for public use in perpetuity.
Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: No charge

Private Land access?: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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