Some folks say the Eureka Springs we know today is just a sliver of its former glory. It’s how the city’s preserving its history that gives you the chance to walk a mile, or several stairs, in the shoes of years gone by.
Eureka Springs’ Main Street Executive Director Jacqueline Wolven says, “Take all of the things that have happened in the past and make that accessible for the visitor.”
The tour takes visitors through all three levels of the underground system. Just walking along, you can feel the history living all around. While you’re on the tour, a guide tells you stories that follow along.
Wolven says, “You’d get drink by the glass and there’d be gambling and all kinds of things happened in this hotel, and that rich history is told on this tour and multiple tours in town. It’s a pretty great thing actually.”Duling adds, “What we have here is a story and it’s our history is the present that we provide everybody, so to add value to what you’re looking at, the stories behind it, gives it the real content that makes it a magical spot.”
The Underground Tour takes off daily from Basin Spring Park at four in the afternoon.