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Eureka Springs in Carroll County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home

 
 
Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2012
1. Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home Marker
Inscription.

Sweet Spring Hotel
The Sweet Spring Hotel was established about 1887 at the corner of Pine Street and Spring, then known as Rice Street, with A.S. Capps as proprietor. The spacious three-story frame structure was painted white with dark trim color accenting the simple decorative details of multiple large windows and verandahs. The glass-enclosed dining room and parlor conservatory for guests occupied a two-story wing.

The hotel was situated adjacent to the Sweet Spring and publicized its central location. A directory of 1900 date claimed "table service best of the market, electric cars at the door, rates $1 per day". T.J. Brumfield succeeded Capps as proprietor until 1913 when Robert H. Huntington, a medical specialist from Mississippi and son-in-law of Festus Orestes (F.O.) Butt, long-time Eureka Springs attorney (from 1897-1971), acquired the building. The doctor equipped the building with the latest innovations for treatment of patients, including an operating room, and established Huntington Infirmary, the city's first modern hospital.

Huntington Infirmary
The hospital was fitted with the latest modern equipment and the building provided a light and well-ventilated environment for convalescents. Several local doctors made use of the facility including Pace, Bolton, Albert and Pearl Tatman and J.F.

Sweet Spring Hotel Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa early1900s
2. Sweet Spring Hotel Photo on Marker
John. Dr. Huntington closed the infirmary in 1929 as it was no long self-sustaining financially. That same year a community-wide effort resulted in the opening of the Don Sawyer Hospital, forerunner of the present facility.

The compassionate purpose of Huntington Infirmary was best symbolized by two carved stone figures which flanked the stair steps at the entry beside Spring Street: a lion and a lamb lying side by side, symbols of a peaceable kingdom where suffering and want could no longer be found.

Sweet Spring Home
New owner, Mrs. Arch Kimberling, reopened the structure as a residential hotel in 1930. The building fell victim to fire in the early 1940's and the site remained vacant for more than half a century, until the existing building was constructed in 1994 by Charles and Janet Epley to house Carroll County Abstract & Title Co.
 
Erected by Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Partnership.
 
Location. 36° 24.267′ N, 93° 44.309′ W. Marker is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and Pine Street, on the left when traveling east on Spring Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Spring Street, Eureka Springs AR 72632, United States of America.
 
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Huntington Infirmary Staff Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, June 1922
3. Huntington Infirmary Staff Photo on Marker
Caption reads: Dr. Huntington and nursing staff members pose at the entry to Huntington Infirmary, June 1922.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire and Brick & Stone (here, next to this marker); Sweet Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Kentucky House (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastview Cottage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harding Spring (about 500 feet away); Citizen's Bank Building (about 700 feet away); Law Offices of F. O. Butt (about 800 feet away); The Three Flat-Irons (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eureka Springs.
 
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Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2012
4. Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home Marker
Marker on wall at left of photo. Looking east toward Sweet Spring
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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