Part of “Haunted” Arkansas Hotel’s Dark History Uncovered

 

Long considered one of the most haunted spots in America, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs is a source of intrigue and fascination for many. It is the kind of place that holds old secrets and jealously guards them.

However, one of those secrets has been uncovered recently. Over 400 glass bottles have been discovered in the Crescent’s backyard. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the bottles are thought to “date from 1938-40.

And that puts the bottles firmly in the timeline of the Baker Hospital Health and Resort.

But first, a little backstory. The Crescent opened its doors in 1886. It served as an exclusive resort for wealthy citizens, and in 1902, the hotel was leased to the Frisco Railroad for five years.

However, in 1937, Norman Baker bought the hotel and transformed it into the Baker Hospital and Health Resort. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Baker claimed that the “hospital” was a place “Where Sick Folks Get Well.”

While he operated in Eureka Springs, he claimed that he had discovered a cure for cancer.

And that’s where the bottles come in.

Baker reportedly had jars containing “tumors” removed from patients lined up in the hospital. According to the NWA Democrat-Gazette, the hospital’s advertisements even showed pictures of the containers.

But the hospital was shut down in 1940 when Baker was convicted of mail fraud. Afterwards, the building’s new owners began to clean house.

In February, a Crescent Hotel worker, Susan Benson, discovered the bottles while operating a backhoe on the property, according to the NWA Democrat-Gazette. State agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas State Police, were brought in to assess the scene.

While many of the bottles appear to contain alcohol, some also contain tissue samples. Even more intriguingly, some of the containers may contain Baker’s fabled cancer cure.

According to the article, the bottles will likely be incorporated into the hotel’s famous ghost tours.

Just the perfect addition for a spooky night!

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