Tag Archives: Arkansas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

This image, taken from a building slightly taller than the surroundings, shows a portion of the city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Curteichcolor Art-Creation from Color Transparencies

The description states:

VIEW OF THE BASIN PARK HOTEL AND DOWNTOWN EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

Built into the side of a mountain, this unique hotel has a ground-level exit from every floor. Eureka Springs is known as he “Little Switzerland of America”. The streets wind around the mountains and there is not a single cross street.

–The absence of cross streets is explained by the use of walkways and stairs between the roads which wind around the mountain. The hotel still exists in the same location and building.

This card was used and is dated 17 September 1971.

Best Tourist Court, Hot Springs, Arkansas

This image is an illustration of a small motel at the time they were still called tourist courts. The buildings are still individual structures instead of a single building with multiple rental rooms.

Metrocraft Everett, Mass

The description states:

BEST TOURIST COURT

(In the heart of Hot Springs, Ark.)

“America’s Finest Tourist Court”

Free Garage    Shady Lawn

HILL WHEATLEY, Owner-Manager

Simmons Steel Furniture, Beauty Rest Mattress. Twin Beds, Tile Tub and Shower Baths, Ceiling Fans, Gas Range, Electrical Refrigerator. Tile Kitchen Cabinets. Cottages all Insulated. Maid Service – I furnish everything

Strictly modern.  Furnace Heat.   Hot and Cold Water.

Rates by Day, Week or Month

Look for sign on U. S. 70

Hot Springs, Ark.  638 Ouachita Ave.   Phone 58.

–The detailed description points out a fact of the era. Many tourist cabins were little more than sheds with some upgrades and furniture, and developed reputations as being unsuitable as motel rooms. The owner here goes to great length to illustrate how many features of a  normal home are included in these rentals.

This card likely dates from the 1940s.