You can barely see it in the picture, but tucked up in the shadows of the elms at the head of this pool of watercress are a pair of short cement staircases that lead down to Elm Springs, the only spring in the state that won't help your lumbago. This spring is of historical interest as the site of the permanent encampment of the 16th Arkansas Infantry during the Civil War. Confederate General Van Dorn also camped his army here before moving his troops to Pea Ridge, the only Civil War battle in which Native American units were used as regular troops.

The spring can be found in downtown Elm Springs (about a block from the police station) near highway 112 West of Springdale.

In the neighborhood: Dinosaurs in Cement | The Very First Wal-Mart

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