From the1880's through the 1920's, Eureka Springs was a popular destination for people with various kinds of health problems. It was thought that the water from the springs could cure all manner of diseases. Many doctors came to the area to live, because after all, if there are a lot of sickly people, they are going to need doctors. Some of those doctors, as well as lawyers who came to make their fortune, build some mighty fine houses.
Cliff and I paid the price ($17 each) for the tram tour, which we felt was worth the money.