So many two-folder towns this year. Well, once again, we ask, having not looked at these since they were clipped, a lot of depressing stuff followed by more depressing stuff, or lots of interesting things that justifies a two week trip? Or both?

Well no

It’s a building without any sense of history at all. That’s quite rare. It takes some work to be this inscrutable and uninteresting.

Huh: I guess they agreed with me; bye bye

ARC what? Let’s see if we can get closer and make out more details

HEY You're blocking my view

Okay, let’s go back in time. Computer, enhance

Arc Hotel?


Historians thought the Arcade Hotel was long gone.

Built in 1890, Springdale's biggest hotel was torn down in 1944.

But workers recently demolished a building on Emma Avenue, uncovering a brick wall with two ghost signs that read Arcade Hotel -- one vertical and one horizontal.

It was the original east wall of the Arcade Hotel, said Marie Demeroukas, photo archivist and research librarian at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale.

And here we have it.



Whew, that’s settled. Moving right along:

A tired and depressed old building, but still grateful to be a place to fly the flag.


Ah, that’s different! Nothing like fresh paint and tuck-pointing to perk a little guy up.

You do wish they’d give the same TLC to modernist structures, though.


You can’t expect every building to get the treatment, though.

Sometimes a town has a bad patch, and folks can’t get around to -


Okay, I’ll stop.

Nice little building that looked like it could be a small burger joint, in the White Tower / Castle genre.

It has a twin next door, and we know who built it:

  Mr. Price.

Well, I wonder how they spiffed this one up.

Well, that’s one way.

Sometimes you think a building is beyond any attempt to improve it . . .

And then you realize. . .

There isn't.

Okay, one more.

Still around? Razed? Improved? That's for the next page to decide.