Friday, December 17, 2010


Randy, Roxy and I went on an adventure on Wednesday this past week.  We traveled a little bit north and about 100 miles west to Eureka Springs and spent the night at The Crescent Hotel.  

The Crescent Hotel is 124 years-old and is haunted.  

Built in 1886, the Crescent functioned as a hotel for the rich an famous until 1934.  

From 1934 to 1937, it was a college for young women in the off-season and a hotel during the summer.  

In 1937, it was purchased by Norman Baker, a man who claimed to be able to cure cancer with his own special concoction.  He turned the hotel into a hospital, the kind of hospital where patients, young and old, paid a lot to get in to, but never made it out.  Norman Baker, who was never prosecuted for his medical scam, was sent to prison in 1940 for mail fraud.

After this, the hotel went back to being a hotel.  Several owners attempted to make a go of it over the years.  In 1997, the Crescent was purchased by Marty and Elise Roenigk and they spent $10 million to restore the hotel to it's 1886 grandeur.

That grandeur was a mere $294,000 in 1886.  

I didn't need to take the hotel's ghost tour to convince me that there were ghosts amongst us, just a close look at some of my pictures was evidence enough.  We did, however take the tour on Wednesday evening.  

More on the tour coming up ...

Have the BEST day ever!
~ Dorothy

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