Eureka Springs Railway Research Materials

MC 1769

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Eureka Springs Railway
Eureka Springs Railway Research Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1769
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Eureka Springs Railway Research Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 4, 2008 by Harvey G. Cragon, of Dallas, Texas, upon the completion of the second edition of his travel guide, The Eureka Springs Railway: An Automobile Tour into the Past.

Processing Information

Processed by Morgan Holladay; completed in January 2009.

Preferred Form of Citation

Eureka Springs Railway Research Materials (MC 1769), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Historical Sketch

The Eureka Springs Railway was chartered on February 27, 1882, only two years after the town was incorporated on February 14, 1880. Tourists were attracted to Eureka Springs because of the healing spring water and the regular through sleeper train service between St. Louis, Missouri and Eureka Springs, provided in 1883. The railroad joined the Frisco Railroad at Seligman, Missouri, and was managed by Powell Clayton. The railway is no longer used, but can now be followed by automobile on old engineer roads and along some contemporary roads built over the rail lines.

Scope and Content Note

Materials include books, topographic maps, photographs, CD-ROMs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and railroad spikes.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, August 16, 2005

Box 1 Folder 2

Harvey G. Cragon, The Eureka Springs Railway, 2005

Box 1 Folder 3

Charles Lee Crandall and Fred Asa Barnes, Field Book for Railroad Surveying, 1998

Box 1 Folder 4

Bill Earngey, Arkansas Roadsides: A Guidebook for the State, 1987

Box 1 Folder 5

James R. Fair Jr., The North Arkansas Line, 1969

Box 1 Folder 6

Clifton E. Hull, Shortline Railroads of Arkansas, 1969

Box 1 Folder 7

Edwin R. Tolle, The Eureka Springs Railway: A Short-line Railroad to a Little Town, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

Boone County Historian, Vol. 3 No. 2, April-June 2005

Box 1 Folder 9

Eureka Springs: A Pictorial History, 1975

Box 1 Folder 10

Eureka Springs Touring Guides, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Oak Leaves: A Historical Journal of the Missouri and Arkansas Railroad, Vol. 21 No. 1, Spring 2002

Box 1 Folder 12

Research Notes, Butler Library, Little Rock, Arkansas, July 23, 2004

Box 1 Folder 13

Research Notes, April 2007

Box 1 Folder 14

30th Annual Historical Calendar, Eureka Springs, 2007

Box 1 Folder 15

Geological Survey Topographic Maps, 1972-1999

Box 1 Folder 16

Railway Maps of Rail Line, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 17

Newspaper Clippings, August 2005-May 2007

Box 2 Folder 1

Photograph (Images 1-35)

Box 2 Folder 2

Eureka Springs Railway Photographs (CD, Disk 1-2)

Box 2 Folder 3

Eureka Springs Railway Photographs (CD, Disk 3-4)

Box 2 Folder 4

Eureka Springs Railway Photographs (CD, Disk 5-6)

Box 2 Folder 5

General Materials, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 6

Original Railroad Spike, Track 60, Missouri

Box 2 Folder 7

Railroad Spike, Rail 80, Elk Ranch, 1907


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