Thanks to John Cross, an avid researcher and historian.
John Cross edits and provides submissions which can be found throughout the pages of this website of Eureka Springs.
John Cross is keenly aware of the city's rich history. He refers to Eureka Springs Cornerstone Bank as a "working museum." The bank was built specifically to bring back the Victorian look of Eureka Springs. It is filled with period furniture, artifacts, including a few precious pieces that belonged to Claude Fuller.
Cross points to the bank as an example of leading by example.
Cross not only knows Eureka Springs inside and out, he believes passionately in the uniqueness and singularity of it as a treasured piece of American history. At the center of this American treasure, you will find the Basin Park Hotel.
"It is the heart and soul of downtown Eureka Springs," says Cross.
March 15, 2010
Re: Eureka Springs’ status as a County Seat of Carroll County Arkansas
Since my last e-mail to you of June 5, 2009, we have been researching, off and on, the status of Eureka Springs as a Carroll County Seat in addition to Berryville, Arkansas.
Growing up in Eureka Springs, I was always told that there were two county seats. However, in researching this matter several years ago, two of the leading attorneys in Eureka Springs said they did not believe it was, and in checking with the Carroll County Historical Museum, they also said they did not believe Eureka Springs was a county seat.
Since I have done quite a bit of work for, and been helpful to the folks at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, I consulted with their fact-checker (Mr. Steve Teske) to see what he could find out. We e-mailed each other back and forth, and his comment was that Eureka Springs is a county seat, and I asked him if he could prove it. Consequently, he did a lot of research, and I quote him in part:
“It seems to me that although the act creating the Western District of Carroll County in 1883 did not specifically name Eureka Springs a county seat, that was, nevertheless, its result. In both common usage and legal usage, wherever a county has two judicial districts, it also has two county seats. About the only way to make it clearer would be an act of the General Assembly clarifying the definition of ‘county seat.’ Short of that, the attached Attorney General Opinion and the Secretary of State publications are, for my purposes, decisive.”
The Attorney General Opinion that he quotes and sent me a copy of, states, in part:
“Carroll County is specifically listed by the General Assembly as a county with two judicial districts, each of which has a ‘county seat.’ In my opinion, the General Assembly intended the reference to a county that is divided into two districts with two county seats to include Carroll County, which is specifically recognized as having two districts and county seats by the General Assembly in A.C.A. # 16-17-904.”
In summary, there is nothing in Arkansas law where it is stated specifically that Eureka Springs is a county seat. However, from the reference material, research, Attorney General’s Opinion, etc., I am now convinced, as is Mr. Teske, that Eureka Springs is a “county seat,” and will be until either the law is clarified, resulting in the county seat status being overturned or reaffirmed.
Please contact me if you have any questions.