Eureka Springs

Courtesy / Kim York

The historic town of Eureka Springs is a popular tourist destination -- and now, increasingly, a homeless destination. We visit ECHO and A Cup of Love Ministry, two charities that generously serve the impoverished, and talk with a city official trying to find ways to better accomodate the low-income population.

Courtesy / City of Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs city council has approved a resolution to build a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 62 and 23 South — which currently has only one stop sign — to ease increasing tourist, commercial and school traffic congestion. The roundabout,  proponents say, is a cost-effective solution compared to a traffic light. But opponents claim simply adding two more stop signs is best.

J. Froelich / Ozarks at Large

Eureka Springs city council recently approved a new ordinance to prohibit hundreds of privately-run short-term vacation rentals in town, commonly listed on sites such as Airbnb. Currently Eureka counts over 180 tourist lodgings including "bed & breakfast" accomodations, cottages, cabins and boarding houses licensed to operate only in certain city zones and required to pay a special city tax. 

J. Froelich / Ozarks at Large

Black Bass Dam in Eureka Springs, one of the oldest hand-cut stone dams on the Arkansas Ozarks, will undergo much needed repairs with major grant funding provided Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. First built in the 1890s to supply the town with drinking water and fire protection, the dam will be aesthetically and structurally reinforced. Eureka Springs mayor, public works chief and parks director describe present risks and benefits. 

Courtesy / Becca Martin Brown

Becca Martin Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, places the weekend spotlight on Springdale and Eureka Springs for art, music and more.

Courtesy / Out In Eureka

Eureka Springs, a popular LGBTQ+ tourist destination, is fully open for Pride this June. According to the director of "Out In Eureka," all sorts of local LGBTQ+ businesses are catering to the culture. 

Courtesy / John Two-Hawks

John Two-Hawks' new book, Of Mist and Stone, was created during the pandemic and was inspired by silence.

Courtesy / Sean Fitzgibbon

Sean Fitzgibbon has long been fascinated with the historyof medical fraud Norman Baker and the bogus health cures he pushed on the radio and from the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. His nearly 14-year project to create a graphic novel, What Follows is True: Crescent Hotel tells the story.

The Writers' Colony At Dairy Hollow

In this Community Spotlight, Pete Hartman interviews Michelle Hannon, the Executive Director at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow to discuss their latest fellowship. The newest fellowship aims to help authors seeking to express their love for nature, and the environment. To learn about their latest fellowship, go here.  

Courtesy / Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Last month, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs welcomed a new resident. His name is Rambo the spotted hyena and he was rescued from southern Arkansas after the person who owned him suddenly passed away. Animal Curator Emily McCormack says Rambo is settling in well with the tigers and lions that are now his new neighbors. You can see photos and videos of Rambo here.