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Crescent Hotel –
Crescent Hotel & Spa
75 Prospect Avenue
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632.
The Crescent Hotel can be found
in the crest of West Mountain, in the town of Eureka Springs, near Beaver
Lake in the county of Carroll, which is in the extreme northwest corner
of Arkansas. It is at the intersection of Highway 23 and US Highway
Description and History:
The town of Eureka Springs is home
to natural bubbling springs, which were thought to have healing powers
in the 1800s. This 1886 "seedily elegant", white granite
stoned, 5 story hotel was described by its well-known designer, Isaac
L. Taylor, as having a Victorian-French Gothic architecture, with many
towers and "jutting out" balconies, resembling a huge French
Chateau. The granite block walls are 18 inches thick, and fitted together
without the benefit of any kind of mortar. Many remodeling efforts have
altered the exterior building somewhat from its original design.
The extensive lobby is dominated
by a massive stone fireplace. The dining room was designed to feed 500
people at one sitting and is as big as a basketball court. The recreation
room was originally in the basement. Every luxury was added to please
its wealthy visitors. Electrical lights, modern plumbing, marble floors,
and 26 acres of "sweeping" lawns, gazebos, beautiful gardens
and tennis courts made this resort hotel very popular with the well-to-do
until just after the turn-of-the-century.
In 1908, A. S. Maddox and J.H. Phillips
opened the exclusive Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women
during the year in this fine hotel and operated it as the traditional
summer resort hotel during the summer, until 1924. It opened briefly
as a Junior College from 1930 -1934.
Until 1937, various people leased
the hotel for the summer resort season. In 1937, a slightly paranoid
Iowan medical quack, by the name of Norman Baker, bought the place
and opened a hospital and "health resort", claiming to have
cures to such diseases as cancer by having his patients drink the fresh
spring water. His operation closed in 1940 when he was convicted in
federal court of defrauding the public with his "medical treatment"
and was sent to prison for four years.
The hotel was shut up until 1946,
until new investors reopened The Crescent Hotel and managed to reestablish
it as a resort hotel. It has been opened for business ever since.
Several entities hang around various
parts of the interior of this large place, though all like to congregate
at times in the dining room, according to several psychics. While walking
through the dining room at night, cold spots in the room can chill the
living, no matter what time of year it happens to be at the moment.
1) The most annoying, but playful
entity that likes to tease the maids and visitors, is a ghost by the
name of Michael, who was either an Irish stonemason or a Swedish carpenter
that regretfully fell to his death during the 1884-1886 construction
era of the hotel. He died in the second floor area, which is now room
* His apparition, seen by many
people, is described as being a muscular man in his early 20s, having
intensely blue eyes, a bushy blond beard and out of control, long
* Inside room 218, he enjoys teasing
the living by playing tricks with the lights, the T.V. and pounds
loudly on the inside of the stone walls.
* People have heard strange noises
and felt strange sensations while staying in the room. Also, some
have felt a presence watching them in this room.
* On the second floor, a maid
was trying to pull a laundry cart out of the storage room. Michael
held onto the end, stopping her efforts. She finally scolded him,
telling him to let go, that she had a lot of work to do. Michael let
go, and she quickly went about her scheduled work.
2) Another entity also likes to
hang around in 218, as well as near the lobby staircase and the lobby
itself. This gentleman wears Victorian clothing, including a frock coat
and a frilled shirt and is a bit of a grouch and can be action oriented.
His face has been described as being waxy palor in color, and he has
a black mustache.
* A former owner of The Crescent
Hotel, Mr. Feagins, first saw this entity near the lobby staircase.
This entity melted into the air right in front of Mr. Feagins' eyes.
* Later, while sleeping in room
218, Mr. Feagins awoke in the middle of the night and saw this same
apparition standing at the foot of his bed, glowing in the dark, grimly
staring at him.
Photo from Crescent-Hotel.com/events.htm
* After the bar had closed, this
detailed apparition was sitting at the bar in the lobby near the stairway,
when an auditor came in to get a drink of water. This entity looked
so real, that the auditor spoke to him, but was ignored, as this entity
just stared straight ahead. When the second auditor came in and spoke
to him also, still no response. Thinking that this unresponsive stranger
was drunk, they decided to leave him alone. As they walked away from
him, one of the auditors looked over his shoulder and the man had
vanished. They looked around the lobby and saw no one. Suddenly the
apparition appeared above them on the second floor landing, looking
intensely down at them. As one of the auditors climbed the stairs
to the second floor, the figure vanished. Then this auditor felt something
he couldn't see physically escort him, in a firm manner, back down
to the lobby. Unhurt but shaken up, he told the hotel manager.
* On occasion, the door of room
218 has slammed shut on the living after it was opened up by the room
* A salesman was shaken awake
and felt a presence trying to push him out of bed.
* Early one Sunday morning, a desk
clerk saw the locked French doors on the lobby's east side fly open
suddenly and felt a wind of cold air as it raced across the lobby,
proceeding to travel by the reservation desk, blowing papers everywhere
as it blew out the exit doors. The French doors were located directly
under the haunted room 218. No one knows for sure what entity caused
this, but it does fit the personality of this grouchy Victorian gentleman
who finds the living annoying and sometimes firmly takes things into
his own hands, when the living step over the line of his ability to
tolerate what he perceives as their intrusiveness.
3) On the third floor, many visitors
have seen the specter of a nurse, dressed in white, pushing a gurney
down the hall, before vanishing before the living witnesses.
4) In room 424, a male entity scared
a couple out of the room when he walked right through the outside door
to the room's bathroom. They didn't know they were sharing their bathroom
with another spiritual inhabitant of the hotel, who obviously had to
use the facilities!
5) Ghost of Norman Baker, the wanna-be
doctor, with no training as such.
* The apparition of a confused Norman
Baker has been seen in the area of the basement recreation room and
near the foot of the steps that go up to the first floor.
* Before the switchboard was replaced,
the desk clerks used to get phone calls from the locked up basement
recreation room. After receiving such a call, a clerk decided to check
out the basement. The clerk found that the phone in the basement room
was on the hook and felt a strong presence in the room with him. He
quickly locked up the room again. Five minutes later, they received
yet another call from this same basement room. He didn't investigate
again. He knew who was calling them.
Come visit this grand hotel,
and mingle with a variety of entities, who can be busy, grouchy, confused
and playfully teasing, and have accepted the living, more or less, depending
on the personality involved.