August 17, 2010
When visitors arrived at the northwest Arkansas resort town of Monte Ne, they were transported to their hotel rooms across a man-made lagoon in a gondola imported from Venice. Several area springs were dammed to create the lagoons. Monte Ne, the project of William “Coin” Harvey, was one of the most popular destinations in northwest Arkansas in the early twentieth century. However, interest in the resort declined by the late 1920s, and much of the property was foreclosed. Harvey died and was buried there in 1936. Much of what remains of the resort rests under the waters of Beaver Lake.