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Blue Spring Heritage Center, Eureka Springs
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The Blue Spring Heritage Center, formerly the Eureka Springs Gardens, is a 33acre tourist attraction containing native plants and hardwood trees in a setting of woodlands, meadows, and hillsides. It is located at Highway 62 West, five miles (8 km) west of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA, and open daily to the public during warmer months for a fee.The spring pours 38 million US gallons (140,000 m³) of water daily into the trout-filled lagoon. Blue Spring has been a tourist attraction since 1948, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places for its archaeological significance as a site occupied between the Early Archaic and the Mississippian periods.Historians from several Indian nations, including the Tsalagi (Cherokee), Osage and Quapaw, say their people have been making journeys to, and living intermittently at Blue Spring for tens of thousands of years. Artifacts excavated at the Blue Spring Shelter support this, as they date back to between 8000 B.C. and A.D. 1500.Blue Spring Cliff ShelterThe American Indian people who lived here in ancient times are known as the ‘Bluff Dwellers’. These indigenous people populated not only the Blue Spring area, but much of the Ozark Mountains. They lived beneath giant bluff shelters such as this one. As most human beings of their time, they hunted, gathered, and planted. Tools, clothes and many other necessary items were made from many native plants and animals available to them. They also traded goods with other Indian nations.Indigenous people who lived here between 500 B.C. and A.D. 900 continued to hunt, gather, plant and trade, though planting gardens had become a more prominent activity. With over 62% of the world’s food having been developed by American Indians, it is no surprise that the Indians of the Ozarks domesticated maygrass, lamb’s quarter, knotweek, sumpweek, sunflower, squash, and strains of little barley. The bottomlands and terraces of the White River provided fertile garden spots for the indigenous occupants of the Blue Spring Shelter.
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  • A long walk including some rough pathways and not at all worth the $9.50 admission charge. There is plenty of gorgeous scenery around Eureka Springs to see at no charge. 
  • Wow the history and beauty here are amazing. Such a fun walk! We loved the film and learning about Blue Spring! I do recommend enjoying this place and visiting the gift shop. It's also a venue for wed...  more »
  • My uncle specifically decided to visit the spring when he read, in the promotional brochure, that the attraction was handicap accessible. It is not. While we were inquired about purchasing tickets it ...  more »
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  • This is a must see! Beautiful and amazing place to visit. Kids would LOVE this and you can gice them a bit of a history lesson.
  • It was the highlight of our trip 2 Arkansas! God's creation is absolutely beautiful! I recommend anyone in the area to go see this beautiful place.
  • This is one of the most intriguing places I've seen in my life.if your ever in eureka springs don't leave without visiting here.it is a glimmer of how heaven will be.such a magnificent place .to me its a 10 star.
  • Wonderful to just walk and take in all the natural beauty.
  • Most amazing place I've been I'd live there if they would met me