Sulphur Springs Park aka Spring Park, Searcy Arkansas

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Spring Park Searcy AR

A few days ago I wrote a blog about the Mayfair Hotel in Searcy Arkansas and how it was very near a park that had healing waters.

This old postcard shows that park at about that era, I'd think.  The spring was covered with this circular pavilion or gazebo and it was within easy walking distance to the hotel.  I visualize ladies in their long skirts parading arm in arm from the hotel to this little park. 

The park now contains playground equipment and a much bigger pavilion as the next photo shows. But it also still contains the small pavilion too.Spring Park Searcy AR

  The library is still located in Spring Park and shows in the background of this photo.  When I first came to Searcy, however, the library looked like this.  It would be interesting if someday the city decided to reopen the springs!

Library Spring Park

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Bob Collins

What happened to the sulphur springs? The story passed down to me was that it was the ice plant(see 08/24/08 posting) that caused the springs to cease flowing. When the plant was built, sometime in the 30s I think, they drilled a deep well to supply tasteless water for the manufacturing of the ice blocks. This disturbed the artesian nature of the springs and they stopped flowing. At any rate the Searcy Ice and Coal Company operated a pump house with a  fountain next to it to provide free sulphur water to visitors to the park. The pump house and fountain were in the extreme southeast corner of the park.

 

Jan 30, 2009 06:19 AM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

James, it is the next best thing to the fountain of youth, or it WAS.  Too bad they shut them off!  Congrats on that feature of yours that had a thousand comments!!

Bob, my understanding is that they just closed them down but I have no real knowledge.  Way back someone pointed out a little building which they said held a closed spring and I believe it would have been in the SE corner.  I don't know if it is still there.  Your ice plant theory makes sense. 

Jan 30, 2009 07:07 AM #8
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Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Barbara,

Searcy is fortunate to have two really great parks.  Great post.

Jan 30, 2009 08:21 AM #9
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Bob Collins

Barbara you raised a question about the coal part in your August 24 posting on the ice & coal co. I just added my personal experience with their coal to that thread.

Jan 30, 2009 08:48 AM #10
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Barbara; I love your mix of old and new photos. It's interesting to get a glimpse into a different era!

 

Jan 30, 2009 10:12 AM #11
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Bob, thanks for the information on the springs in Spring Park.  I knew I remembered sulfar water there but just assumed it was the original springs. 

By the way, I was reading some past issues of Barbara's blog and saw you tracing of the MN&A tracks.  I was wondering if you saw the great article on train history in and around White County in the year-end issue of the White County Historical Society publication.  The issure was published two or three years ago.  If you didn't, I could try to scan it for you.

Jan 30, 2009 11:02 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mary, thanks!  I think so too.

Bob, I appreciate your comment on the coal and the springs.

Eileen, the past is the past but very very interesting.  Thanks for comment.

Harold Gene, I'm happy to have you conversing with Bob and hope you both enjoy the blogging.  You are great helps to me with this history.

Jan 30, 2009 12:01 PM #13
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Bob Collins

Harold Gene, I did not see the historical society's issue on trains. If you want to contact me go to http://activerain.com/shs51. After initial contact then we can arrange download files. Thanks, BC

I'm gonna hafta join that group I reckon. 

Jan 30, 2009 02:00 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Bob, I see you joined activerain.  So now you can upload pictures in your comments!!  Great.

Jan 30, 2009 11:37 PM #15
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Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
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Barbara, your lucky I like Parks also.....I don't see any old cars in these photos.....it's always nice to see your photos from the past...just to cool.......peace zane 

Jan 30, 2009 11:43 PM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Zane, I'm so sorry!  No cars.  : (   I'll try to do better next time. 

Jan 31, 2009 12:07 AM #17
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Bob Collins

Barbara, not quite a member yet but i think someone can contact me through ActiveRain. I stiil am unable to login and set my profile or to upload pictures.

I got a Hammacher Schlemmer slide and negative converter for Christmas, but haven't loaded the software yet. I wanted to make sure I could restore my set ups if the new software tries to takeover too much of the photo programs already on the disc. I'll start going through my slides and negatives next week. It will probably take a while before I find something of interest to you all.

I'll contact Activerain again. Maybe by the time I'm ready to upload a picture we'll have the login problem solved.

 

Jan 31, 2009 02:41 AM #18
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Thanks for the explanation, Barbara. I thought you sat in them like a hot springs. LOL.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Jan 31, 2009 02:55 AM #19
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

This view of the library and pavillion is what most of us remember.

City Park and Library 1942

Here's the plaque located in the pavillion. Picture taken during Searcy Historical Tour 5-20-06. Note this structure can be seen in the 1942 pavillion picture but not in the 1907 picture.

 

 

 

Here's the back of the 1907 card shown first above.

Jan 31, 2009 03:08 AM #20
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Mrs Barbara,

Those trees make my little heart go pitty pat.

Nutsy

Jan 31, 2009 04:40 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, those pictures were great.  That is probably the old drinking fountain, isn't it?  I like the library and pavillion picture.

Nutsy, you'd be right at home in this park!  You must swing by on your next trip to Mexico.  Ooops!  I meant if you ever travel.  

Jan 31, 2009 12:13 PM #22
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Steven L. Smith
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Mrs Barbara,

REPEAT AFTER ME : Nutsy has never been to Mexico. Nutsy has never been to Mexico.

Feb 01, 2009 03:55 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Nutsy has never been to Mexico!  Nusty has almost never been to Mexico!  See!  I learn fast!!

Feb 01, 2009 04:46 AM #24
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Ryan Wilbourn

Wow that plaque is still going strong. I am actually the great-great-great grandson of Israel Merrick Moore and uncovered this plaque when it was dedicated to him in the early 90's when I was a child. 

Sep 25, 2012 06:13 PM #25
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ryan Williams, you must tell us more about your great-great-great grandfather.  We like knowing as much as possible about the history of Searcy.  Thanks for commenting.

Sep 25, 2012 09:52 PM #26
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