Sunday, September 30, 2012

Eureka Springs Arkansas Round House

If you ever get a chance to visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas you will love all the sites and beautiful little town tucked away in the Ozarks. The roads leading to Eureka Springs are filled with lots of curves and breathtaking views. I would suggest you do a little research on all the awesome places to see in Eureka Springs and check out all the little shops to find the most unique items.

While the Round House represents its connection to the Ozarka Water Company to most people, it has a varied past, just as the community in which it resides. The Round House stands on land first claimed by timber entrepreneur William Evans. By 1884, this land was subdivided into building lots as the new city of Eureka Springs boomed. William and Mahala Evans and their partners, David and Precious Bays, sold the land in 1886 to the Interstate Gas Company, which in six months sold to the Eureka Springs Gas Light Company, one of General Powell Clayton's enterprises. Located across the street from the railroad station, they built a limestone and rock pilaster base to hold a round metal tank containing coal gas (methane) for lighting the streets and homes of the city.

This large circular structure first appears on the street maps about 1892, identified as a "Gas Holder". In 1904, an eighteen inch thick walled limestone structureforty four feet in diameter was built to replace the metal tank. It was then used as a warehouse for bottled spring water sold under the trade name "Ozarka".

After Ozarka ceased operations here the building was used for various purposes through the years, including apartments, an art gallery, a restaurant and a nightclub. It was vacant for a number of years and fell into disrepair. Finally, it was totally renovated with an additional story added in 2002.

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