I’ve lived in the community of Fountain Lake, Arkansas with my husband for 25 years. It’s about ten miles outside of Hot Springs.
Fountain Lake is on Highway 5/Park Avenue, which used to be the old Little Rock Highway. For more than 150 years (I’m guessing) wagons, stagecoaches then cars traveled to and from from the state capital on Highway 5/Park Avenue.
All this to say, Highway 5 is one of the oldest roads in the area. And it shows.
Everyday for 25 years I’ve driven past all kinds of unusal/funky and quirky landmarks in Fountain Lake. Some old, some newer…but all of them are beautiful, interesting or weird.
I believe Fountain Lake is different than other Garland County Communities. Kids who grow up in this area generally stay here and their kids go to Fountain Lake.
Often times we are a little suspicious of new folks. We have lots of churches, one bar Buzz Too but the heart of the community is the school and the Shell Station at the Junction of Highways 5 and 7. For a long long time that gas station was called David and David’s, and still is by old timers. And the ladies that worked at David and David’s seemed to have a pretty tight clique that favored men. It took me a long time to gain acceptance at the gas station when I first moved in with Alex. But the ladies loved him!
Most of us have driven past all of these locations so many times we really don’t pay much attention.
Fountain Lake, it’s really kind of different out here.