The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Fire of 1906

One of the biggest events in the history of downtown Russellville was the 1906 Fire. The Russellville Courier ran this photo to commemorate the fire's 100 anniversary. The only building that is still in existance is the C & D Drugstore on the right of the photo. There is no trace of the giant hotel in the background. I think a skanky used car lot is close to the hotel's original location.

I might be dreaming, but you may be able to see one of the Devil Queen's gables in the far left of the photo. I've marked the photo below with a red dot where I think the Queen ought to be.

Whether it's the Queen or not doesn't matter too much (though it would be cool if it was), because in either case she was there and survived this bit of Russellville history. She was only three blocks away from the worst of the destruction. She would have been 16 years old at the time.


Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, incredible pictures.

6:48 AM  

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