Plat of the Basin Park Reservation, Eureka Springs, 1885
People of various indigenous cultures visited the springs in the area that would become Eureka Springs, believing them to have healing properties, for centuries before Europeans arrived. The town of Eureka Springs was formally incorporated on February 14, 1880. By May of the same year, 2,000 houses had already been constructed, and by 1889, Eureka Springs was the second-largest city in Arkansas, after Little Rock. As the original survey of Eureka Springs by Major I.N. Armstrong had caused property disputes across the city in this time of rapid expansion, the Basin Spring Reservation has to be re-platted. On April 6, 1885, a federal court ruled that all the springs in the city and the reservations surrounding them were to be given over to the public for free use. The new plat of the Reservation was made on May 19, 1885, by T.P. German.
This plat shows the land reservation for Basin Park (now Basin Spring Park) in Eureka Springs.
Map, 19.6875” x 13.0625”
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Plat of the Basin Park Reservation, Eureka Springs, 1885, Map 2271, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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