|City/Town: • Hot Springs • Fountain Lake|
|Location Class: • Commercial • Amusement|
|Year Built: • 1933|
|Year Abandoned: • 1953|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Jared Holt • Austin Matoon|
Built in 1933 not far from Fountain Lake School District, lies a big white stucco archway, for many years people have wondered what is behind that big white stucco archway, Dr. H. D. Ferguson developed the property back in 1933 until 1949 and operated it as Fountain Lake, an entertainment complex just 4 miles from Hot Springs on the old Little Rock highway. Fountain Lake had picnic areas, a large swimming pool, dance pavilion, lodge, cottages, a wishing well, pinball arcade and fireworks on July 4th! Local historian Bill Lerz claims that as many as 1500 to 2000 people gathered for leisure and amusement beyond the white archway. The Welchman family took ownership in 1945. On Sunday morning, December 20, 1953 the property was destroyed by fire. It was never rebuilt. In 1958 the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association considered buying the abandoned property for a proposed boy’s ranch. In 1962 the Fountain Lake resort property of 157 acres was purchased by Arbordale Springs, Inc of Springdale, Arkansas. The intention was to develop a Lutheran Senior Citizens Home and retirement area. That dream never became a reality. The property is now owned by Affiliated foods of Little Rock, who purchased it in 1993. Five of the 25 springs on the property produce more than one million gallons of spring water a day. If you drive by the facility now, sometimes you can see tanker trucks hauling water to Little Rock to be bottled as Mountain Pure Drinking Water. Although this is the original Fountain Lake, there is a neighboring town with that same name, including Fountain Lake Schools and Fountain Lake Shopping Center.
Information from: http://www.hsnp.com/zz-fountainlakeproperty.htm