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Library Adult Speaker Series continues with haunting topic


The hauntings and eerie occurrences at a 136-year-old hotel will be the topic of discussion on October 17, as part of the Bella Vista Public Library’s ongoing Adult Speaker Series.

Bill Ott’s 23-year career as marketing director at the Eureka Springs-based Crescent Hotel was jam-packed with interesting tales and various paranormal happenings. Ott will speak to the hotel’s rich history, as well as the paranormal activity he experienced.

The event is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in the Community Room at the library, 11 Dickens Place.

During his career, Ott oversaw the filming of 17 paranormal television episodes on various paranormal television shows, including one for a Japanese TV station that featured the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and 1905 Basin Park Hotel. He also authored numerous paranormal stories that appeared in such national publications as Newsweek and USA Today. He’s appeared in numerous television news stories for area and regional television stations and has been interviewed for dozens of national and international radio programs and podcasts.

The hotel’s colorful history began when what was called the finest hotel west of the Mississippi opened on May 20, 1886. Over the years, the hotel was leased to the Frisco Railroad, served as Crescent College and was remodeled as the Baker Cancer Clinic. In recent years, thanks to overall renovation, the crescent has enjoyed a comeback as a popular destination for tourists and travelers.

More recently, the Crescent Hotel has gained a reputation as America’s Most Haunted Hotel and has been featured on national shows such as Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel. Ghost tours are part of the services offered at the hotel.

Parking and seating are limited for the October 17 presentation. No reservation is required, but guests will be seated first come, first served until space is full.