Named for J. Emmett Harding, a photographer who began the tradition of making photographs of people in front of the spring as souvenirs. He built a small dwelling near the spring in the summer of 1879.
In 1879, the spring was accessed by a narrow wagon track along a rocky ledge, leaving little room for gathering. Hand labor was required to move a great deal of earth to create a level area in front of the spring. A wide boardwalk and a wood stairway to the top of the cliff were built at that time.
Harding Spring is known as the site of one of the most famous healings in Eureka Springs. Twenty-year old Jennie Cowan had been blind for seven years following a severe illness. Jennie used the waters of Basin Spring for several months to no avail. She then began using the waters of Harding exclusively. On August 22, 1880, her sight was restored. Her exclamation "I can see!" created an enormous sensation among the many people visiting Eureka Springs seeking the benefits of the healing waters.
Harding Spring is one of the original spring reservations established by Ordinance No. 80 dated February 16, 1886.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 36° 24.333′ N, 93° 44.236′ W. Marker is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and Howell Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Spring Street, Eureka Springs AR 72632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastview Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweet Spring (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweet Spring Hotel - Huntington Infirmary - Sweet Spring Home (about 500 feet away); Fire and Brick & Stone (about 600 feet away); Kentucky House (about 700 feet away); A Timeless Place (about 700 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 700 feet away); Crescent Spring and Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eureka Springs.
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Springs of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (Submitted on January 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Eureka Springs History. (Submitted on January 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Eureka Springs at Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. (Submitted on January 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.