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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eureka Springs in Carroll County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Established 1971 in Calif House

 
 
Eureka Springs Historical Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2015
1. Eureka Springs Historical Museum Marker
Inscription.

This three-story limestone building with metal-clad roof enclosing the top story was constructed in 1889 by Samuel L. Calif. For fifty years it served as a residence, general merchandise store, and boarding house. About 1948 the building was converted for use as a meeting hall for the B.P.O.E., and was known as the Elks Lodge until 1970 when the organization relocated.

Since 1947 the original Ozark Folk Festival is held annually in Eureka Springs, directed by a non-profit corporation of local citizens. In 1971 the festival board of directors purchased the Calif House for the purpose of establishing a museum of local history, a museum advisory board accepted the task to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts in the building, and the museum opened to the public October, 1971.

In 1980 the festival board created Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Inc., an association open to membership by all interested persons which assumed ownership of the museum property and oversight of its operation. The wood and glass store front and two-story ornamented wood porches were replaced as the building was restored to its original appearance.

Calif Spring
Located adjacent to the museum building is Calif Spring situated in a spring reservation established by the City of Eureka Springs February 15, 1886 and maintained as a public

Eureka Springs Historical Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2015
2. Eureka Springs Historical Museum and Marker
Marker is on ground at left corner of building
park. Originally named Table Rock Spring, the name Calif came into common use after that family built their residence next to it.

Cora Pinkley Call Cabin and Heritage Garden
The log cabin and garden were established as a museum property beginning in 1997 in an effort to preserve the pioneer history of the vicinity. The cabin was constructed in 1930 using hand-hewn logs from the James Seaton cabin built at Blue Spring about 1830 as well as logs from other surviving pioneer cabins in the vicinity. Door and hearth stone are from G. W. Pinkley homestead of 1865 date. Cora Pinkley Call, noted Ozark folklorist and author, used the cabin as a studio and organized the Ozark Writers and Artists Guild there about 1933.
 
Erected by in partnership with the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Partnership.
 
Location. 36° 23.96′ N, 93° 44.456′ W. Marker is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Arkansas Route 23) and Armstrong, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 South Main Street, Eureka Springs AR 72632, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calif Spring (a few steps from

Cora Pinkley Call Cabin at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2015
3. Cora Pinkley Call Cabin at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum
this marker); 85 South Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Eureka Springs (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank of Eureka Springs Community Room (about 600 feet away); The Western District Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civic Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Healing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chandler Mall Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eureka Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eureka Springs Historical Museum. (Submitted on November 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. City of Eureka Springs. (Submitted on November 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Eureka Springs History. (Submitted on November 18, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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