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Historic Rabbits Foot Lodge To Benefit Springdale Residents

Lodge Was Home To U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright

Posted: June 2, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse gives a brief tour of the Rabbit’s Foot Lodge on Thursday. The city recently bought the home and surrounding acreage. The land will be incorporated into nearby J.B. Hunt Park and the city is still trying to decide how to best use the home.

SPRINGDALE -- The sound of flowing water and birds in the trees are among the first things one notices at Rabbits Foot Lodge.

Timeline

History Of Rabbits Foot Lodge

• 1908-1909: Charles and Edith Perkins build the lodge.

• 1934-1946: J. William Fulbright and his family owned and lived in the lodge. He sold it after he went to Washington, as a a U.S. senator.

• 1945: The annual picnic of the Coca-Cola bottling company was hosted at the lodge.

• 1954-1969: Tate Brady owned the lodge.

• 1973-1983: Dick and Margaret Lester owned the lodge.

• 1983: David and Karen Buckley owned the lodge.

• 1984: Mike and Karen Morton owned the lodge.

• 1986: The lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

• 2014: The city of Springdale bought the lodge.

Source: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Fast Facts

Rabbits Foot Lodge

• The lodge is surrounded by white oak, magnolia and catalpa trees.

• The natural spring on the property was once the main water source for Springdale.

• U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright dammed the spring to create a pool for his children to swim in.

• When the lodge was built between 1908 and 1909, it was the largest building in the area. Businessmen and the Springdale City Council used it as a meeting place.

• All of the logs and stone used to build the lodge came from the property.

Source: Staff Report

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