Author Archives: W. Keith Brenton

About W. Keith Brenton

W. Keith Brenton is a retired communication specialist, minister and passenger train conductor, living and writing in the historic resort village Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He is the widowed adoptive dad of Matt and Laura, and Pop-Pop to one grandchild. He enjoys drinking the local water, but unfortunately doesn’t look any younger than his actual age.

Eureka eye-water … soap?

The healing waters of Eureka Springs were first bottled and marketed as healing eye water, but their uses and applications quickly expanded to include things like … soap? Yep.

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Motor-car tragedy

This motor-car (they’re sometimes called “doodlebugs”) was ordered and built for the Missouri & North Arkansas Railway in 1912, shortly after the railroad once again went into receivership. Cheaper to operate than a steam locomotive and coaches for passenger work, … Continue reading

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Eureka Springs historical markers

Did you know that you can view most (if not all) of Eureka Springs’ many historical markers at The Historical Markers Database? (From the site)

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Antique stereoviews of Eureka Springs

Stereo-views of picturesque Eureka Springs in the 1880s-90s, where much of the action of the “People of the Water” cycle is set. You can view many, if not all, of these in an antique stereo-viewer at the Eureka Springs Historical … Continue reading

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Orion splashes down safely!

If the return and splashdown of NASA’s Orion capsule yesterday was of interest to you, you might be intrigued by the opening chapter of The Water Cure. It begins with a classified mission to investigate an object “winking” in and … Continue reading

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Water is Life

Water is sacred to most indigenous tribes in North America. This is an interesting paper out of Sacred Heart University. https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1124&context=rel_fac

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Book Banning Week

It’s always the last full week in September. This year, it begins today, September 18 and closes out on the 25th. Here are three titles sure to be banned when they become more well-known because, you know, you can’t have … Continue reading

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The NASA Railroad

Once upon a time, there was actually a NASA Railroad. Then it was closed, and its switcher locomotives donated away. Then it was reopened two years ago to handle heavy equipment needed for the SLS (Space Launch System), of which … Continue reading

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Skylab Rescue Mission

Readers of The Water Cure may recall that the secret Skylark mission’s purpose in the novel was obscured with the fiction that the launch would lift an unmanned, remotely-operated Apollo command/service module spacecraft to dock with the Skylab space station … Continue reading

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The 1886 Crescent Hotel

This towering trademark of Eureka Springs not only has a unique place in the town’s history, but in the flow of the People of the Water Cycle as well. Two characters attend the hotel’s grand opening ball in the first … Continue reading

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