The Crescent Hotel, 1886: Eureka Springs, AR

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I've been to a lot of places in the US, and Eureka Springs is up there with the most memorable city I've ever visited (Savannah, GA is a close second). It is a sleepy town near the border of Missouri basically built right up alongside the Ozark Mountains. The entire city more or less is listed on the National Historic Register, the town as a whole seems to exude a magical elegance that is tangible. I fully believe that the existence of spring-fed caves and limestone has an effect on the body and mind, and this town is one of the best examples of this out there.
From what I understand of Native American's mastery of nature and their environment, I find it extremely hard to believe that they considered these springs "of no medicinal value", and that it took the "superior" intellect of the white American to recognize the healing powers of the springs. But I digress, let's dig deeper into this "hotel".

From the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture:
So here we have a structure built with high technology of the time, not to mention that this was a mortar-less construction. Quite impressive, if I do say so myself. Does it not seem strange that this hotel already had electricity, considering that according to mainstream history the first power plants were built only six years previous? And these plants that were built were done in giant cities like NYC, Paris, Buffalo, etc. How did sleepy little Eureka Springs get the infrastructure so quickly to support electricity? I could possibly see it for low wattage equipment like lightbulbs, but elevators? Ostensibly, the first electric elevator in "recorded" history was in 1880, as well. Perhaps this elevator was powered by something else - - pneumatics/hydraulics or perhaps steam? It is hard to say, as there is very little information about how this technology made it into this building.

With that being said, there is an explanation that you won't find being discussed very much on these sites. Over the last few years, there does seem to be some soft disclosure in the realm of ancient structures being able to focus or possibly generate electromagnetic energy through a combination of limestone, underground aquifers, and other factors. I think it is distinctly possible that the limestone construction of this building was made to do just that - - generate electricity. This could also explain the lack of mortar, as that would likely interfere with limestone's electric properties and the possibility that any heat generated from this process could erode the mortar quite quickly. Also, note the "lightning rod" atop this building. Consider also that this building is at the very highest point in the town, it towers over everything else in the area. This would make it quite good for power distribution, if that is the case. And of course, along with the healing nature of the springs, the water underneath the rocks in the untold amount of caves in the area would make it an even better candidate for naturally generated electricity.

Now, about this architect.

Isaac S Taylor
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From findagrave.com:
If I can make a meta observation here, it seems so strange that whenever I do research on these buildings or architects from this time period it inevitably leads back to an Expo of some sort. It's like we are assembling a puzzle that fits piece by piece, but when you stand back to look at it, it is very difficult to see exactly what the image is. This type of research is frustrating - - is this really just a strange set of coincidences? With no definitive solution to what all these connected dots mean, it can seem like it really might be. Maybe it is like one giant game of six degrees of separation, in which research on this architecture will inevitably lead to a stolen history connection somewhere else just due to the smaller pool of architects back in the day. Perhaps in a few years from now, when someone else finally finds some concrete evidence of these buildings being "found" and architects merely taking credit for building them when in fact they were built by a memory-holed civilization, I can be satisfied that this research was more than just reading into strange connections.

To keep this thread in order, I will hold off on expanding on exactly what he designed for the World's Fair, but his wiki should give you a good start.

Oh Lord Jesus, its a fire!
As if you thought you could get through one of these posts without mention of a town crippling fire, here in Eureka Springs we have several examples before 1900.

From
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There is very sparse information on these blazes throughout the years, and admittedly the only reason I knew that they happened was because it was mentioned offhand on one of the historical plaques around the city.


Conclusions
There is something rather mystical about this area of the world. It is kind of hard to explain if you've never been there, but perhaps those who have can relate to this. Perhaps just being in the presence of architecture from a time when people actually gave a shit about aesthetics can create this effect, but I am inclined to believe there is quite a bit more going on here.

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the strong presence of Freemasonry here. There is a fountain on the main strip that was funded by the local Masonic lodge, and the main road that goes through the town is "adopted" by them as well. If we follow the logic sometimes used on this site that Freemasons are those who claim the "free mason" left by a previous civilization then this area is a prime example of that.


Bonus Mudflood building: Carrol County Courthouse
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Those last photos look a little like my hometown.

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And, nice work squeezing an Eddie Murphy quote in there ?
 

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Stairs, stairs, and more stairs. Stairs going up, stairs going underground. Were architects too stupid to put the main entrance at ground level, where normal humans could reach it easily?? I guess they didn't have people in wheelchairs back then, or elderly or infirm people, who needed to gain access to these churches and offices.
 

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good point!
 

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Stairs on the courthouse are 'the just' going 'up' as into 'heaven' up from either side of the road level and those going down directly 'under the just' are the crims descending into hell to be 'judged by the just' who have just entered heaven to 'sit in judgement' on the 'lesser beings'.

Courts are religious buildings. Why do you think judges sit higher 'up' than anyone else and all manner of 'religious leaders' sit or stand above 'the unchosen ones' For religious symbolism to be effective it has to get its 'man' closer to 'heaven aka god' than every bugger else which tells anyone half awake 'heaven' isn't to be found 'above one's head' or in 'religious author ity'.
 

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There was one long staircase going up, and another even longer going down. And one more going nowhere, just for show. Fiddler on the Roof
 

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i think it was the entrance for the personal ani-gravity vehicles, skateboard, ect
 

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I'm wondering why they built churches with stairs at all since it's prohibited in Exodus 20:26: Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
 

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Came across this photo posted by the hotels social media profile.

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Hardly looks like the same structure. Barely looks like a brand new built structure.
 

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Did some follow up today. Found some interesting stuff in the surrounding area, as well.

Seems I found the bit that was in the construction photo I posted above. It definitely looks much older than the rest of the building by a wide margin.

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A nearby chapel:

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If I can make a meta observation here, it seems so strange that whenever I do research on these buildings or architects from this time period it inevitably leads back to an Expo of some sort. It's like we are assembling a puzzle that fits piece by piece, but when you stand back to look at it, it is very difficult to see exactly what the image is. This type of research is frustrating - - is this really just a strange set of coincidences? With no definitive solution to what all these connected dots mean, it can seem like it really might be. Maybe it is like one giant game of six degrees of separation, in which research on this architecture will inevitably lead to a stolen history connection somewhere else just due to the smaller pool of architects back in the day. Perhaps in a few years from now, when someone else finally finds some concrete evidence of these buildings being "found" and architects merely taking credit for building them when in fact they were built by a memory-holed civilization, I can be satisfied that this research was more than just reading into strange connections.

What better example to bring this back around than this:

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https://theoldhouselife.com/2019/11...circa-1899-in-eureka-springs-arkansas-749900/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Link
So here we have it. Another architect who happens to have designed structures at the St Louis world’s fair just happened to build a home several blocks away from the Crescent Hotel, another building so happened to have been designed by a St Louis Fair architect.

What do we make of this?
 

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thanks for sharing trismegistus. I'll have to check out Eureka Springs next time I'm in the Ozarks.

it's crazy how tall the lightning rod is in the one photo

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While reviewing photos on wikipedia I saw one that was a view of the Crescent Hotel from Magnetic Mountain. Also within a short distance is a Magnetic Spring. It's all very interesting, especially with Mt. Ida ("quartz capital of the world") not too far away.

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thanks for sharing trismegistus. I'll have to check out Eureka Springs next time I'm in the Ozarks.

it's crazy how tall the lightning rod is in the one photo


While reviewing photos on wikipedia I saw one that was a view of the Crescent Hotel from Magnetic Mountain. Also within a short distance is a Magnetic Spring. It's all very interesting, especially with Mt. Ida ("quartz capital of the world") not too far away.


You know what's on top of Magnetic Mountain, don't you?

Regarding magnetic spring, from Roadside America (with a grain of salt):

any metal object placed in the spring supposedly became magnetized -- proof of the water's mysterious power.

Magnetic Spring was in such demand that in 1911 workmen were paid to dig 38 feet into the side of the mountain -- which is said to be the center of a magnetic vortex -- to open up a stronger stream of water.​
 

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wow! ain't that something. I can't believe the whole town is on the National Register of Historic Places.
 

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Here's the Gematria of Issac Stacker Taylor.

If you know anything about Gematria, you probably know 201 is typically associated with the Jesuits, 322 is associated with the Skull and Bones and the German secret societies that they descend from. 66 is pretty obvious. I'd absolutely wager Mr. Isaac Taylor had some pretty "illustrious" connections.

My Fiance and I are going to Eureka on a road trip for our honeymoon so I'm looking forward to seeing the town and experiencing it's unnatural atmosphere.

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Did some follow up today. Found some interesting stuff in the surrounding area, as well.

Seems I found the bit that was in the construction photo I posted above. It definitely looks much older than the rest of the building by a wide margin.

A nearby chapel:


What better example to bring this back around than this:

https://theoldhouselife.com/2019/11...circa-1899-in-eureka-springs-arkansas-749900/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Link
So here we have it. Another architect who happens to have designed structures at the St Louis world’s fair just happened to build a home several blocks away from the Crescent Hotel, another building so happened to have been designed by a St Louis Fair architect.

What do we make of this?

Another follow up to this:

Avarana is defined as:
Avarana is a Sanskrit term which translates as 'covering' or 'obstruction'. It is considered to be one of the three defects of the mind that hinder spiritual progression. Avarana is a veil of ignorance that dulls the mind and prevents us from seeing our true self or higher self. Without lifting the veil of Avarana, it is not possible to know Atman or Brahman.

For what purpose would they give this name to a building?
 

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For what purpose would they give this name to a building?
It seems like a very obscure name to give anything. Who even knew that word back then or even now? I think that there would be more to it.
 

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The stair
Those stairs look exhausting. If I am not the first to make this comment, let me know but, the architect who designed this building was an idiot.

The ugly stairs seem to be a slightly diff. color, an add on. After a mud flood event, windows can still be seen even though part of them are underground. Deeper mud floods May cover more than one story, for what we usually she in towns a 3/4 or 4/5 of one level cover up.
With that much soil, a door would be very hard to open. So someone(s) would have to climb in at first. At some point steps to go up to the next higher level would be placed, in order to get in properly.
 
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