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Dam The Buffalo

Posted by drew - July 2nd, 2013 Comments 0

dam the buffalo river sticker

“Dam the Buffalo” sticker used by proponents in the 1960s advocating damming the Buffalo River. – 40-50-100: Milestones in Arkansas’s Environmental History | Image Source: Neil Compton Papers | University of Arkansas Digital Collections


View more at 40-50-100: Milestones in Arkansas’s Environmental History which contains close to 40 images and documents regarding the establishment in 1972 of the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas as the first “National” river, the creation of the Ozark Society environmental stewardship organization in 1962, and the 1912 birth of Dr. Neil Compton, the founding president of the Ozark Society.

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The Bandit of Des Arc – 1854

Posted by drew - October 25th, 2012 Comments 0


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Photo via Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection, at SMU Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

“In the small northern Arkansas town of Des Arc, dozens of local boys in the fall of 1862 came under the influence of a young Confederate recruiter named Howell A. Rayburn. His delicate physique and long tawny hair made him look innocent, like a child. But a streak of darkness lurked in his wild blue eyes, which, as one historian noted, “seemed at times to have lost every vestige of tenderness, compassion and mercy, especially for those who differed with his views.”

..Rayburn’s irregular company of partisan rangers would go down in history as the “Phantom Unit,” which had a reputation for lightning-quick raids into Union-occupied Arkansas near the White and Mississippi Rivers. ..They called him “Yellow Doc” or simply “Doc,” perhaps a reference to his hair color or the illness that had sickened him. His enemies labeled him a bandit, or “banditti.”

– via “The Yellow Doc Raiders” By RONALD S. CODDINGTON – New York Times

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6th & Main: Past and Present

Posted by drew - August 21st, 2012 Comments 0

Little Rock, Arkansas: old main street photo 1910

Location: Little Rock, circa 1910
Vantage Point: Main Street, looking north, between 7th and 6th Streets
Photo Source and additional discussion on Shorpy..

The State National Bank Building is a twelve-story historic office building on the southwest corner of West Capitol and Main streets in downtown Little Rock. The tower was designed by local architect George R. Mann, and constructed between 1909 and 1911. The building was called the State National Bank Building until World War I when the bank declared bankruptcy. The building, now known as Boyle Tower gets its name from real estate tycoon and cotton trader Johnny Boyle who purchased the tower on December 6, 1916.

The original tower stood eleven stories tall; the twelfth floor was added in 1949. State National Bank endured as the tallest building in Arkansas until 1925, when it was surpassed by the thirteen story Lafayette Hotel.”

Source – Frana Wiki

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Bill Clinton Chats with Orval Faubus: 1991

Posted by drew - July 24th, 2012 Comments 0

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Bill Clinton seated with Orval Faubus, Febraury 23, 1991.

Vintage Politics: An Aging Orval Faubus Challenges Bill Clinton in 1986 Democratic Primary:

“Clinton, who was an eleven-year-old boy in nearby Hot Springs when Gov. Faubus stood his ground against the federal authorities in September 1957, had always been ashamed of that controversial and ugly episode in Arkansas history.

I hated what Faubus did,” recalled Clinton, who as a young politician had once sought the ex-governor’s advice. “We’ve paid a terrible price for that over the years.”

..Orval E. Faubus mounted a long-shot bid to unseat three-term Gov. Bill Clinton — arguably the state’s most popular governor since Faubus himself — in the state’s 1986 Democratic primary.

..Faubus, who grew up in an impoverished Ozark Mountain community, never had much money. During the Great Depression, his family trapped rabbits — they called them “Hoover hogs” — for subsistence.

It was a difficult period for everybody, including young Orval whose teacher’s salary had been cut to forty dollars a month, forcing him to hop freight trains to the Pacific Northwest where he supplemented the family’s meager income by working in Washington’s big timber during the summer months, piling brush after logging crews cut down the trees, for 47 ½ cents per hour.

..On the twentieth anniversary of the tense standoff at Central High School, for example, it was widely reported in the national media that one of the original “Little Rock Nine” was working as a $50,000-a-year assistant labor secretary in the Carter Administration, while Faubus — the longest serving governor in Arkansas history — had been forced to supplement his modest state pension by taking a job as a lowly-paid bank teller in Huntsville, a sparsely-populated mountainous community not too far from Fayetteville.

Video: Dale Bumpers saves the life of Orval Faubus

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A 1939 Video from the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Posted by drew - May 30th, 2012 Comments 0

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Ozark Children: 1935

Posted by drew - March 26th, 2012 Comments 0

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Source: Library of Congress
Photographer: Ben Shahn

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Porter at the Fayetteville Depot

Posted by drew - March 12th, 2012 Comments 0


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Porter at the Fayetteville Depot, back of image states “A#1 Frisco Line Fyv. Depot Sept 1965,”

Photograph scanned as part of the Fayetteville Digital Image Archive Collection.

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Public Whisky Burning: Fayetteville 1902

Posted by drew - March 2nd, 2012 Comments 0

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Public burning of whisky at Fayetteville, Arkansas by order of the court, V. N. Tilman, Circuit Judge seized October 25, 1902, by sheriff Wm. Rollins.
Photograph courtesy of the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas. – Scanned as part of the Fayetteville Digital Image Archive Collection.

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White Men with Tattered Banners

Posted by drew - February 25th, 2012 Comments 0

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Source: The Hot Springs of Arkansas – Published in 1877

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1825 Arkansas Map

Posted by drew - February 23rd, 2012 Comments 0

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Map via David Rumsey Map Collection

“A Map Of North America, Constructed According To The Latest Information: By H.S. Tanner.”

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1833 Arkansas Map

Posted by drew - February 22nd, 2012 Comments 0

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Henry S. Tanner was one of America’s foremost engravers and map makers in the first half of the 19th century. By the time he began producing his own maps he had engraved many notable maps for cartographers Aaron Arrowsmith, Samuel Lewis and John Melish. In his Geographical Memoir, Tanner claimed he had devoted nearly ten years of his life to his monumental map of North America.

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Prison Inmates Construct Arkansas Capitol

Posted by drew - February 16th, 2012 Comments 0

Video via the Old State House Museum Collections Video Podcast

See Also: Capitol Construction Photo Gallery from the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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Amphitheater Medicine: 1909

Posted by drew - February 6th, 2012 Comments 0

View Full Size | “Image depicts physicians examining a child while students watch in an amphitheater setting; possibly taken at the Isaac Folsom Clinic at the Second and Sherman location of the College of Medicine.”

Image and description via the UAMS Library Digital Historical Collection

Read a detailed history of UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) from the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture

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They Would Die the Next Day

Posted by drew - February 2nd, 2012 Comments 0

USS Sultana

Photograph shows the overloaded steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River the day before her boilers exploded and she sank on April 27th. The passengers included 1,880 Union soldiers heading home at the end of the Civil War; more than 1,100 of these men would die in the disaster.
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Almost 800 of the 2,500 passengers survived (although 200 later died). On the Titanic, 882 feet long, 1,517 died. On the Sultana, 260 feet long, the toll was 1,700. The steamship, what was left of it, drifted downriver and sank opposite Memphis. She lies today, covered with mud, at the bottom of the Mississippi River.via National Geographic: Remembering Sultana

Wikipedia: SS_Sultana

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Dallas County, 1910

Posted by drew - February 2nd, 2012 Comments 1

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Via cwalsh415’s Flickr photo:.

“Charley Calvin Hollis & Ida Bailey Hollis are my husband’s great-grandparents. They married in about 1901. Mabel Celia Hollis Williams is my husband’s maternal grand-mother.

There is a neighbor of theirs, a black woman wearing a white apron, standing at left in the “hall” of the dog trot. Note the animal skins / furs hanging from the dog trot, drying in the sun. Looks like the spoils of the days hunt are being proudly displayed on the picket fence, three squirrels it appears.

This house is still standing today. The original fireplace inside has the date of 1856, I believe, recorded in the mortar. I have photos of this somewhere. The Hollis family was not the original owners of the house, however. They hailed from VanZandt County, TX.

The house was renovated over the years. The dog trot is long gone, but the original timbers can be seen in the attic.”

Bottom row starting from left: William Hollis, b. 1903; Grace Hollis, b. 1906; Truman Hollis, b. abt. 1909, held by his father, Charley Calvin Hollis, b. 1877; bearded man, unknown. Top row: Ida Bailey Hollis, birthdate unknown; Mabel Celia Hollis, b. 1908;

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