Luxury and Science in the American Spa: Fordyce Bathhouse of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Dubbed the Carlsbad of the USA, Hot Springs Arkansas was a fashionable place at the turn of the twentieth century, populated as it was by elegant women and affluent businessmen, who travelled from different parts of the USA to enjoy the thermal water treatments offered by health establishments hosted in architecturally attractive buildings. Before the…

A Deserted Place on a Stormy Afternoon: Pine Bluff (South-Eastern Arkansas, USA)

Pine Bluff is a part of the metropolitan area of Little Rock, the capital city of the state of Arkansas. It is the seat of Jefferson County. Geographically, Pine Bluff is a flat area filled with creeks, streams, and bayous, and it makes for the southeastern section of the Arkansas Delta. The numerous pine trees…

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)

On President Clinton Avenue at No. 1200, in the heart of the vibrant River Market area of Little Rock, Arkansas, the visitor finds The William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The building has a transparent, modern, aerial structure, echoing the nearby bridge over the Arkansas River. The Center was planned by architects James Polshek and Richard…

Public Spaces for Reading and Research in Fayetteville (NW Arkansas, USA)

While the visitor can have access to the libraries of the Arkansas University, located throughout the campus, in this article we present two of Fayetteville`s facilities which are meant for wide public access, irrespective of the focus of study or interest. One of them is The Fayetteville Public Library, also known as the Blair Library;…

A Very Short History of an Old Fayetteville-Arkansas Street: Dickson Street

If you look on a map of the Fayetteville`s downtown, there is a long street that has as boundaries, Garland Avenue to the North, and College Avenue to the South. This is Dickson Street, divided into the Eastern and Western side, as it crosses the town, from east to west. The history of this street,…

Slovak Pioneers in the Prairie lands (Eastern Arkansas, USA)

In the last decade of the nineteenth century, struggling Slovak coal-miners and farmers of the north-eastern USA (e.g. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois) pay heed to the advertisements in Slovak promoted by the National Slovak Society which was presenting agricultural settlements in Arkansas. The so-called `colonization companies` of the time were buying land in the remote rural…

Iconic Buildings of the University of Arkansas Campus: Old Main and Carnall Hall

Old Main is the affectionate name given to the oldest building on the campus of the Arkansas University. The University itself started after the turmoil of the Civil War in the area as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871. The first classes were held in 1872 in unassuming buildings built hastily after the battles the Union…

Hotels of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA: Crescent and Basin Park *

Eureka Springs, dubbed `the Little Switzerland of the USA` is a small town in the Ozark Mountains, in the North-Western part of Arkansas. Today, it is one of the best-preserved late-nineteenth-century architectural complexes; its cozy chalets, elegant lodges, public buildings, and imposing hotels still echo the glory of a turn of the century spa town.…