|Front Enrance to "The Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks"|
|The Grounds of the Crescent Hotel Are Beautiful, With a Lovely Chapel Just Down the Mountain|
|The Massive Lobby Fireplace|
|Door to Our Room---201|
|Inside Our Room|
Over the years, the hotel has been renovated several times, most recently in the period encompassing the past 13 years, after it was purchased by the current owner in 1997.
|Balcony of Our Room Taken From the Back Grounds of the Hotel|
|View of The Crescent Hotel From the Backside|
|Dr Baker Claimed to Have Invented a Serum, which, Combined with X--Rays, Nutrition and the Area's Mineral Spring Water, Could Cure Cancer. Apparently, Not Much Has Changed in the Past 70 Years.|
That may sound like a noble pursuit, but unfortunately, in Dr Baker's case, it was anything but. Touting a serum he had concocted as a "cure" for cancer, this quack lured thousands of patients from all over America. Once he had their money, the patients were put in an asylum where they eventually died a horribly slow and painful death. Often, the doctor would write to the loved ones of the patient and inform them that "Your aunt Maude is making wonderful progress, but we need more money to continue treatment". Of course, when this type of letter was written, aunt Maude had already passed away.
The good doctor had an incinerator on the premises, and it was put to use in the middle of the night to dispose of the bodies. There are many, many stories about the doctor---I would advise that the reader Google for more detailed information.
|Mugshots of Dr Norman Baker After His Arrest. He was Sentenced to Only Four Years in Prison and a Paltry $4,000 Fine|
Cindy is afraid of three things---snakes, dentists and ghosts. And this is a major reason for our visit. She went on a ghost tour of the hotel the night we were there. The guide was quite skilled at explaining all the ghosts that had been seen, and the events at the hotel over the years that had given rise to hundreds of sightings.
|Dr Baker's Autopsy Lab|
|Picture of the "Ghost Maid" at the Crescent|
|The Hotel Dining Room is Spacious and Beautiful|
|Our Favorite Art Shop---The 83 Spring Street Gallery in Downtown Eureka Springs|
Check out Cindy's more detailed version of events at the Crescent on her blog