Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TOP STORY >> Mountain Springs Community Center

Leader staff writer

Mountain Springs Community Center in Cabot is nearing completion. The project by the Mountain Springs Cemetery Association is funded with donations only. It is at the corner on West Mountain Springs Road and Hwy. 5.

The cemetery association raised $40,000 in donations for the 30-by-50 foot building. Construction started in 2016. The air conditioned community center has a kitchen, a meeting area and bathrooms.

“We are paying as we go. Not borrowing any money,” chairman Wayne Guess said.

Cabot High School construction class “roughed in” the electrical wiring and dug the water line for the community center.

The building is adjacent to the cemetery. The association put up a pavilion seven years ago.

“We have a number of people for funeral services. When they are visiting it gets them out of the weather,” vice chairman Tommy Marshall said.

“It’s for if they want to have a family gathering, a spaghetti supper or a fish fry. To take pride in the community and what is here,” Marshall said.

Mountain Springs Cemetery was established in the mid-1800s.

It was a burial ground for locals and for those who died along the wagon trail. A Methodist church was on the property.

When the Methodist association left, it donated the acre of land to the Mountain Springs Cemetery Association. The cemetery is maintained by donations.

The community center needs countertops and lights to make it more functional.

Donation checks may be sent to Mountain Springs Cemetery, 3320 Mountain Springs Road, Cabot, Ark., 72023.