1886 Crescent Hotel
The Baker Lore: A Long-Storied Mystery Solved
The discovery that rekindled interest in Norman Baker and his quackery
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What really happened between 1937 and 1939 at the Baker Cancer Hospital in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a question that has been posed for decades by many. It is a mystery that sparked conjecture as to the potential origins of the renowned paranormal activity that has been the subject of numerous books and thousands of reports.
In February 2019, a landscaper working at the 1886 Crescent Hotel made a remarkable find when she unearthed a dump site filled with hundreds of bottles. Insight into the long-standing mystery had been uncovered.
During the subsequent formal archeological dig, archeologists excavated a myriad of bottles containing mysterious chemical concoctions and “medical specimens” believed to date back to the years the hotel was operated as a “cancer curable” hospital by charlatan Norman Baker.
When the news of the discovery was first released to the press, it received international attention. For years, there had been rumors of mysterious bottles being displayed in the hotel in an area that Baker had purportedly used as a morgue. However, no evidence existed for these claims beyond a poster that Baker used to promote his hospital’s alleged amazing cures.
Those macabre bottles were relocated to what is known as “the parts room” so they could be included as part of the Crescent’s nightly ghost tours, but the contents of those bottles remained a mystery… until now.
Here is the story of what was found.