Basin Park Hotel Stories

Law enforcement officers destroy slot machines

Court Decides Case Involving Slot Machines and Illegal Bars

Basin Park Hotel Manager Joe Parkhill Pleaded guilty in circuit court Wedensday to a charge of possesion and operation of slot machines in his hotel, and was assessed a fine of $150 by Judge Maupin Cummings. 3 machines seized in the raid during the Barefoot Ball last June were ordered destroyed by the Judge.

Wedensday afternoon Sheriff Deweese and Deputy Sheriff W. D. Binam, assisted by Rex Martz, local deputy broke up the three machines in the side yard by the court house and burned the wreckage. The question of whether the money taken from the machines should be turned over to the county or returned to Parkhill, was taken under advisement by the court.

Parkhill also plead guilty to a charge of operating a bar and selling intoxicating liquors without a license, and was fined $250. Other defendants charged following the Spetmeber raids which included the Crescent Hotel, were Dwight Nichols and Lawrence Thurman.

Basin Park Hotel Drug Store

Location, location, location! Located in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs Since 1905

The choice location for the Basin Park Hotel was on the north side of Basin Circle Park, on Spring Street, in the downtown building district. It was built on the site of the Perry House, a four story hotel built in 1881.

Captain Joseph Perry built the hotel after moving to Eureka Springs because of poor health. He had several hotels, in different locations in the United States, prior to his arrival here.

Historic postcard showing 1905 Basin Park Hotel

A Grand Opening was held on July 1, 1905. William M. Duncan and his associates built it. They owned The Syndicate Company that owned and operated many businesses in town. The building, including furnishing, cost over $50,000.

Like the Crescent Hotel and many other buildings in town, the limestone quarry near the town of Beaver provided the rock exterior of the hotel.

There are several horizontal rows of red dolomite around this building. Although very evident when built, it is quite easy to miss seeing the red dolomite now.

In it original state, the Basin Park Hotel had 100 rooms, a cage elevator, electric lights, steam heat, and telephones in the rooms. It also had complete fire protection.

Listen to an interview with a past owner of the Basin Park Hotel

Ripley's "Believe it or Not"

Eureka springs is an unique and quaint Victorian town nestled in the Ozark Mountains. One thing that intrigues our guests is the fact that every floor of the Basin Park Hotel is ground level, causing it to be recognized by The Ripley foundation.

This is possible because the Basin Park Hotel is built into the mountain. In the early years guests would go out through the different floors and explore the paths in the mountain.