The Crescent Hotel was first opened to the public on May 10, 1886 and was formally opened May 20 and 21st, 1886 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was built on the summit of the Crescent Mountain and 600 feet above the Crescent Spring. The purpose of this elegant five-story 125 room hotel was to attract tourists and the wealthy...claiming that it was an American Plan Hotel. As the largest hotel in the Ozarks, it provided people the comforts of living while on vacation during the summer time only. Guests could swim in Lake Lucerne, bowl, play tennis, play golf, ride horseback, shoot at the gun club, hike, fish, participate in card parties held every afternoon and evening, or dance in the brilliantly and beautiful ball room.
On March 1st, 1900 another grand opening of the Crescent Hotel occurs making it an all-the-year resort and promoting the healing waters in Eureka Springs. According to many sources, the magical waters from the springs helped thousands relieving them from pain and suffering.
On September 23, 1908, the Crescent College and Conservatory For Young Women opened its doors. At this time, the hotel began to lose credibility nationally and internationally. Owners of the hotel were interested in any project that would be able to provide additional income to the property. Both the hotel and the school were shut down in 1934 from the results of the Great Depression.
In July 1937, the Queen Of The Ozarks would take a twisted and stranger fate when a man named Norman Baker drove in to Eureka in his big purple car bought the property and converted it into the "Baker Hospital" and Health Resort. He painted all the halls and walls lavender and at the roof top he placed his favorite instrument, a loud playing Calliaphone and converted it to his "Castle in the Air." The Hotel/School/Hospital would close its doors again in 1946 and in January 1950 Norman Baker was charged with "mail fraud" and sent to jail.
There is a lot of tragedy that surrounds this building. Many people have died here from the beginning of its construction. And this number is unknown. An Irish man who was helping build the Crescent fell to his death before it opened. A young girl from the college fell/jumped to her death. A young woman named Theodora on the fourth floor who was a cancer patient of Norman Baker to the first Crescent cat. The number of people that lost their lives is plain and simply unknown. The broken promises and lies of Norman Baker, who claimed to have the cure for cancer and would eject these cancer victims with watermelon seeds, spring water, and other stuff. The lack of record keeping or shredded documents have not been able to shine light on this question. Many claim that he effected so many lives and stole so much money from these people and their families. Others say he buried his victims in the walls of the building and many suffered on both a mental and physical level...leading up to their death. It is definitely a hot spot and many believe that several spirits are drawn there (who were not affiliated with the hospital).
I have always been sensitive to energies and things around me. As soon as I walked through the door, I felt the sadness and the heaviness of this building. It is VERY active and the energy there is OVER THE TOP. It is a beautiful hotel and they have kept most of the same furniture and have tried to restore it to its original look. There is a new day spa in the basement area and this is where this video takes place. My friend and I were walking around and on several instances random strangers would ask of our findings and would suggest that we go down to the basement level bathrooms. That these bathrooms were very active from what they had been told. They did not experience anything there but maybe we would be able to. Thought it was the strangest thing that so many random people who did not know each other were leading us there. Things began to die down at the Crescent around 11 p.m. and 12 a.m., so I thought that would be the best time to go check it out. I didn't want anything to interfere with this experience. The basement was very quiet and absolutely NO ONE was down there and from what I heard many are afraid to go down there. I don't think you will be sorry that you watched this video, I was even amazed at what was captured. Be sure to watch it to the end because that is when the shocking happens.
Hope you enjoy this video and if you are in the area you should try and visit this historic building. It is a site to see and a place that holds so much energy. My thoughts and prayers are always with the victims and lost souls of the Crescent Hotel...this moment in time put life in perspective even more for me and I was grateful for my experience. :)