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    People Saving Places: Elise Roenigk and the Basin Park Hotel

    May has been designated as Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in order to promote historic sites and heritage tourism, with a 2022 focus on the People Saving Places. The Basin Park Hotel, which has served as “the Centerpiece of Main Street Eureka Springs” for over a century, is owned by Elise Roenigk, a preservationist of national significance and one of those special people.  Built as a first-class hotel, neglected during the depression, restored as a speakeasy, and later a museum, The Basin Park Hotel was brought back to life by the current owner Elise Roenigk, and her late husband Marty, 25 years ago.  The hotel first…