Elm Springs Celebrates 100 Year-Old Bank Building

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ELM SPRINGS, ARK. – A 100-year-old building in historic downtown Elm Springs will be the focus of a day-long celebration on June 27. The event marks the significance of the building constructed in 1915 that once housed the Elm Springs State Bank. The Historical Society of Elm Springs currently occupies the space.

Located at 106 Water Avenue, the building is across the street from the spring that gave the city its name. The spring was once home to a water mill and trout farm, and was the site of a large Civil War encampment and training grounds in the days leading up to the Battle of Pea Ridge.

The bank stayed in the building until 1936. Since then, many retail businesses, including a feed and hardware store, have used the space.

“As we celebrate one of our historic downtown buildings we will also share future plans for the Historical Society. This includes fundraising opportunities, establishing a Heritage Center and creating a park at the spring,” said Anita Burney, executive director of the Historical Society of Elm Springs.

The drop-in event will take place at the bank building between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Visitors can view antique cars, learn about Elm Springs history, meet and greet local seniors in their 90s and enjoy refreshments.

The Society recently held a benefit auction to raise funds to establish its 501(c)3 status and cover other necessary start-up costs. Monetary gifts are now being accepted, as are donations of antique or historic items that may be appropriate for exhibits.

Residents of Elm Springs and anyone with an interest in Northwest Arkansas history are invited to attend this and future events.

About The Historical Society of Elm Springs
Established to help interpret the rich history of Elm Springs, Arkansas, while linking it to the present and future, the Historical Society of Elm Springs seeks to preserve and restore historic places, exhibit artifacts or replicas of artifacts, and present educational programs of the city’s history. For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit HistoricElmSprings.com.

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