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If you know of any ghost towns in Arkansas that are not listed here, or know the current status of towns listed with little information, please contact us…

 

One of the contributors to information on this webpage summed up the feeling of ghost towns and what I am trying to do with these pages…

 

These places are rich in history. Although, our people respect all that these towns are, I don't think they will ever know all of the importance of all these old places and as to how it pertains to missing pieces of Arkansas History.”  Teri Gentry, May 09, 2006. 

 

Thanks Teri for your contributions to helping save the history of some of Arkansas’ ghost towns.

 

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THE GHOSTS

 

ARKANSAS POST

Arkansas Co.

A class B river port located on State Highway (SH) 169, a mile east of the US (Hwy) 165 crossing on the north side of the Arkansas River, about 38 AIR miles southeast of Pine Bluff. In 1686, Henri de Tonti, established a trading post along the north side of the Arkansas River, but in 1689 it fell into disuse. In 1762, France ceded the land to Spain, and the Spanish established a fort here called Fort St. Charles III. In 1803, America took control, and the site grew, becoming a busy steamboat landing, river port, and territorial capital with a population of 3500. It also had many homes, a bank, brick factory and a racetrack among its accouterments. In the late 1800s, after the railroads reached the area, the steamboat trade decreased, and the town faded. The site is a National Historic Park (Arkansas Post National Memorial). A post office was in operation here 1817-1941.

 

·        T8S, R3W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 34.0189903 / 34° 01’ 08” N

·        Longitude: -91.3490083 / 91° 20’ 56” W

(OLD) AUSTIN

Lonoke Co.

(Original site)  This old town was founded in 1821, and its remains lie near the junction of SH 319/321, 20 AIR miles northeast of Little Rock and about 1.7 miles southeast of Austin.

 

·        SE¼ Sec 9, SW¼ Sec 10, T4N, R9W. Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 34.9867542 / 34° 59’ 12” N

·        Longitude: -91.9640322 / 91° 57’ 51” W

BARTHOLOMEW

AKA – Baxter

Drew Co.

Bartholomew was located on Four-Mile Creek Road, just north of its junction with the railroad and SH 35, on Bayou Bartholomew, 3.5 miles west of Dermott, in the eastern part of the county in the southeastern part of the state. It was founded in the early 1800s, and in 1832 received its post office.  From 1832-1873 it was known as Bartholomew, and from 1873-1954 as Baxter.  It closed in 1954.

 

·        Ctr Sec 34, T13S, R4W. Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.5292786 / 33° 31’ 45” N

·        Longitude: -91.4970672 / 91° 29’ 49” W

BINGEN

Hempsted Co.

“Hello, I always enjoy your articles about the travels and towns you visit. If you ever get to southwest Arkansas you need to visit the only true ghost in our area. It is called Bingen and has seven or eight remaining stores and homes (all abandoned) from the 1870's period.”

Contributed by Rick Steed, May 30, 2005

 

It is located in the northwest corner of the county, at the junction of the Bingen-Corinth Road (CR 27N)/Bingen Cutoff Road (CR 351), just south of the railroad crossing, 0.75 miles south of SH 26 and about eight miles southwest of Murfreesboro.  (GBS)

 

·        NW¼ Sec 16, T9S, R26W. Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.9756677 / 33° 58’ 32” N

·        Longitude: -93.7840712 / 93° 47’ 03” W

BLANCHARD SPRINGS

Union Co.

“This area 5-10 miles east of the border town of Junction City, AR, and just north of the Louisiana state line, was once a thriving resort community, drawing area residents and visitors to its mineral springs. In addition to the hotel(s), there was also a college in the area, perhaps in the New Caledonia community. The springs eventually dried up and the resort died. The 1881 town is briefly mentioned on pages 862-863 of Goodspeed’s History of (South) Arkansas, in the paragraphs about W. L. Risinger, one of my distant ancestors. I think copies of these volumes are available at the Barton Library in El Dorado, Arkansas, and probably in other libraries around the state. Most of my knowledge of the area is from family folklore. There is still a Blanchard Springs Baptist Church in the area.” 

Contributed by Dan Futch (07/08/2004)

 

Blanchard Springs was located about 10 miles due south of El Dorado, 3.5 miles east of Junction City and about 0.8 miles north of the state line. The Blanchard Springs Post Office was in operation 1881-1919.  (GBS)

 

·        NW¼ Sec 33, T19S, R15W. Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.0265263 / 33° 01’ 35” N

·        Longitude: -92.6668221 / 92° 40’ 01” W

BROWNSVILLE

Lonoke Co.

This class B, former county seat is located at the southwest part of the junction of SH 31/ Watson Road, 25 miles east of Little Rock, three miles northeast of Lonoke and just one mile north of I-40 at its junction with SH 31. It was established in 1846, and was the original county seat of Prairie County before Lonoke County was established. During the Civil War, Union Troops took over the town, and when they left looters and vandals stripped it of all valuables then burned it.  Today’s buildings on site are of more recent vintage.

 

·        NE¼ Sec 8, T2N, R8W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 34.8195346 / 34° 49’ 10” N

·        Longitude: -91.8793054 / 91° 52’ 45” W

CADRON

Faulkner Co.

Northwest of Little Rock, this class A steamboat port sits on a bluff on the east side of the Arkansas River, overlooking the confluence of Cadron Creek with the Arkansas River, several miles northwest of Conway and just southwest of I-40. Cadron was founded in 1814, and by 1820, Cadron and Little Rock contested for the Pulaski County seat as well as territorial capitol. Cadron lost. When the steamboat era arrived the community boomed, becoming a bustling river port, but when the steamship era ended, it died.

 

·        Ctr Sec 36, T6N, R15W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.1153623 / 35° 06’ 55” N

·        Longitude: -92.5501598 / 92° 33’ 01” W

CHAMPAGNOLLE LANDING

AKA – Scarborough Landing, Union Courthouse

Union Co.

A class B river port, just south of the US 167 crossing of the Ouachita River, northeast of El Dorado. This is one of the oldest towns in southern Arkansas, and has changed names several times. It was first called Scarborough Landing, then in 1840, when the small town obtained the Union County seat honors, it was renamed Union Courthouse. In 1844 the county seat moved to El Dorado, and the town faded. As late as the 1960s there were still a number of abandoned buildings standing.  A nearby cemetery and road southeast of Calion marks the location.

 

·        W½ Sec 23, T16S, R14W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.3129022 / 33° 18’ 46” N

·        Longitude: -92.5212619 / 92° 31’ 17” W

COLUMBIA

Chicot Co.

In the far southeastern corner of the state, this former river port/county seat is all but forgotten.  The site is not listed on GNIS.

DAVIDSONVILLE

Randolph Co.

Now “Davidsonville Historic State Park,” this class B town is on the south end of SH 166, at the Black River, nine miles south of US 62 at a point two miles west of Pocahontas. Davidsonville was established around 1815.  In 1817 the first post office in Arkansas was located here, followed by the first Federal Land Office in 1820, and in 1822 the 1st courthouse.  Davidsonville served as the county seat until 1829.  It began fading around that time and was dead by the mid 1830s. 

 

·        SW¼ Sec 35, T18N, R1W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.1542356 / 36° 09’ 15” N

·        Longitude: -91.0556796 / 91° 03’ 20” W

DODD CITY

AKA – Doddville, Doddsville

Marion Co.

“You might find Dodd City of interest, too. I grew up there and played in the old two story one room school house. It was built by a doctor and his wife.  It was located near Yellville.”

Contributed by Teri Gentry  May 09, 2006

 

Located northwest of Yellville on Dodge City Road, west of SH 14/125 at Lakeway.  It had a school, post office (1872-1931) and a cemetery among other amenities.  The school was located north of the old town site and the cemetery about a mile east. (GBS)

 

·        NW¼ Sec 4, T19N, R17W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.3272913 / 36° 19’ 38” N

·        Longitude: -92.7929465 / 92° 47’ 35” W

FRENCH TOWN

AKA - French

Fulton Co.

This tiny bump in the road is a onetime important traveler’s stop. In the 1860s, it was located on the old Yellville Road, and consisted of a store, and blacksmith shop. It is on French Town Road, seven miles due east of Salem and the junction of SH 9/US 62, about ten miles south of the state line. GNIS lists it as French.

 

·        SE¼ Sec 26, T20N, R7W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        36.3606209 / Latitude: 36° 21’ 38” N

·        Longitude: -91.6934780 / 91° 41’ 37” W

FROG LEVEL

Columbia Co.

This unique name was applied to a small community about eight miles northwest of Magnolia. It dates to the 1850s, and in 1853 a court was established here. At one time there were a couple stores, a hotel, and a blacksmith shop.

 

GNIS lists it as a variant name for Magnolia.   ???? (GBS)

GOLDEN CITY

Logan Co.

A long forgotten gold-mining town established during a short-lived gold rush to the area south of Booneville in 1886-1887. The boom busted, and Golden City and its 500 people disappeared as quickly as it was built.

 

Golden City is shown as a “Populated Place” in GNIS, and listed by Rand McNally as a rural community due south of Booneville and 2.5 miles north of the county line.  It is at the west side of the junction of Golden City/Wisley Roads.  A church is located just to the east and a cemetery just to the west.  No buildings are shown on the aerial photo at the site.

 

·        NW¼ Sec 36, T5N, R28W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.0592612 / 35° 03’ 33” N

·        Longitude: -93.9260361 / 93° 55’ 34” W

GRAPHIC

Crawford Co.

“GRAPHIC is in Crawford County, near Mountainburg.  Its elevation is 900 feet and it is on the USGS map titled Mountainburg SW. It was a post office from 1883 - 1905. When it was closed Alma began handling its mail. It is located on the Crawford county map at Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 30 West.”

Contributed by Ed Sanders, Nov 08, 2002

 

It is located just northeast of the junction of W. Graphic Road/S Graphic Dr./N Graphic Cutoff, north of I-40, east of I-540, about 13 AIR miles northeast of Van Buren (Ft. Smith area).  Aerial photos on GNIS show a half-dozen scattered buildings. (GBS)

 

·        NW¼ Sec 1, T10N, R30W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.5734184 / 35° 34’ 24” N

·        Longitude: -94.1435387 / 94° 08’ 37” W

GRAYSONIA

Clark Co.

Located at the junction of Graysonia/Marrlow/No Name roads,  east of the railroad tracks and the Antoine River southwest of De Gray Lake, and 10 miles south of Amity, about 80 miles southwest of Little Rock.  It is along the western county line due west of Arkadelphia.  Rubble and ruins remain of this one-time company-owned lumber town that once had a population of 700. It was active from 1907-mid 1930s.  The post office closed in 1950.

 

Click here for more information on GRAYSONIA.

GREENSBORO

Craighead Co. ?

Greensboro was just north of here (Jonesboro) and had quite a large population back in the 1800's.

I'm 61 years old and as a child I can remember the little town that was dying off. There's nothing there - on highway 351 just off highway 49 north - now except a small sign hidden in some weeds and the remnants of an old store. I can remember going into that old store and having the proprietor make big, thick bologna sandwiches for us. He would slather on the mayo and the bread would be so fresh it was almost gooey. Then we would top that off with a big Dr. Pepper and be on our way. Boy, have times changed!!

 

The reason Greensboro died was that the railroad located to Jonesboro, just south, and the town died off. As recently as 20 years ago you could walk in the woods and still see where the dirt streets had lain.”

 

Contributed by Judy Furr, Apilr 09, 2005

 

Shown by GNIS on SH 351, at junction with Minnie Jones (Rutherford) Lane, 2.6 miles west of SH 1/US 49, midway between Jonesboro and Paragould.  (GBS)

 

·        SW¼ Sec 2, T15N, R4E, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.9547939 / 35° 57’ 17” N

·        Longitude: -90.6223324 /90° 37’ 20” W

GRIFFIN

Union Co.

Shown on an 1898 map of Arkansas on Smackover Creek, midway between Smackover and Louann (Ouachita Co.), and just south of the county line.  On a land ownership map c1950, it is shown on the railroad in Ouachita Co., in Sec 33, T15S, R17W, between Louann and Smackover.  The county line runs down the creek, so depending on which side of the creek it is (was), will determine the county.  A Griffin is also shown by GNIS on Wesson Road, 1.5 miles north of Wesson, about nine miles southwest of El Dorado.

 

River:

·        E½ Sec 33, T15S, R17W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.380999

·        Longitude: -92.771004 (Railroad bridge over creek)

 

GNIS:

·        SE¼ Sec 20, T18S, R16W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.1368007 / 33° 08’ 12” N

·        Longitude: -92.7715489 / 92° 46’ 18” W

HIX'S FERRY

Randolph Co.

In 1800 William Hix established a ferry across the Current River, and was at the beginning of an important road. Today the site is in the far northeast corner of the state, in the town of Pittman, which grew up at a later date.

 

The rural community of Pitman is in the northeast corner of the county, 1.5 miles south of the state line, and three miles west of the county line, which bisects the Current River.  By that information, it appears it is NOT located in the community of Pitman.  Possibly the Township, but not the center of population.  Anyone know for sure???  (GBS)

 

Pitman:

·        E-Ctr Sec 11, T11N, R2E, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.4783947 / 36° 28’ 42” N

·        Longitude: -90.8226205 / 90° 49’ 21” W

HOPEFIELD

Crittenden Co.

Located along the Mississippi River on the northeast side of Hopefield Point south of Hopefield Chute, just east of West Memphis, directly across the river from Memphis, TN.  It is just north of I-40/US 64. This one-time major river port was established at the site of the Spanish Fort Esperanza. It began in 1824 and the town was a busy place until it was burned during the Civil War.  The site then washed away in a river flood.

 

·        W-Ctr Sec 7, T6N, R9E, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.1553677 / 35° 09’ 19” N

·        Longitude: -90.0748139 / 90° 04’ 29” W

LANESPORT

 

AKA - Laynesport

Little River Co.

This former bustling river port and cross roads community was tucked into the little corner of the state on the north side of the Red River, northwest of Texarkana, and just ¾ mile east of the Oklahoma state line and south of SH 108.

 

·        Ctr of S line of Sec 12/N line Sec 13, T13S, R33W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.6492828 / 33° 38’ 57” N

·        Longitude: -94.4729830 / 94° 28’ 23” W

LEWISBURG

Conway Co.

A former Arkansas River port that once had 1200 people. It is located at the junction of S. Bridge St (old SH 9)/E. Burrow St., just south of Morrilton, just northwest of where SH 9 crosses the Arkansas River.  The cemetery is there.  All appears absorbed by Morrilton.

 

·        SW¼ Sec 20, T6N, R16W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.1420286 / 35° 08’ 31” N

·        Longitude: -92.7351647 / 92° 44’ 07” W

MARIANNA

Original site

Lee Co.

The ORIGINAL SITE of this former river port is on the L'Anguille River, 1.5 miles from the present town. The original site once was the head of navigation on the L'Anguille River.  It is located due east of Little Rock and about 20 miles west of the Mississippi River.  Actual location not determined.

 

One source claims the original town was established as Walnut Ridge in 1848 by Colonel Walter H Otey along the L’Anguille River.  According to GNIS, there was a post office called Walnut Ridge in operation from 1848-1852.  Then the Marianna Post Office opened in 1852, so the closing of the Walnut Ridge PO and the opening of the Marianne PO at may have indicated the name change.  The city website claims Marianna was established in 1870, so that may be the year the town relocated.  If the Walnut Ridge/Old Marianna location is in section 4 as indicated by GNIS that would place it northeast of Felton.  Felton is a fading rural community and had a post office from 1873-1925 as Clifton, then until 1931 as Felton.  There was also a school there at one time.  Felton is located about 2.8 miles northwest of Marianne, so the 1.5 mile indicator in the first paragraph above is in error.  As you can see, I would love additional info on this place.  (GBS)

 

Walnut Ridge Post Office (1848-1852):

·        Sec 4, T2N, R3E, Fifth Principal Meridian (GNIS)

·        NO Lat/Long #’s given.

 

Present Marianna Post Office:

·        NW¼ Sec 23, T2N, R3E, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 34.7734304 / 34° 46’ 24” N

·       Longitude: -90.7595556 / 90° 45’ 34” W

NAPOLEON

Desha Co.

Along the Arkansas River near its confluence with the Mississippi River, this former river port was washed away in 1874. It was originally founded in the 1820s, and was a large and busy community.  According to Ruth D (Jan 2001), there was once a hotel, railroad depot and an old store, which is still standing among scattered mobile homes. 

 

GNIS shows Napoleon Landing on the west side of the confluence, about a mile upstream on a round “semi-island” along the first horseshoe bend on the Arkansas River, about four miles southwest of Rosedale, MS.  These two names are probably the same location.

 

Napoleon Landing (GNIS):

·        Sec 27, T10S, R1W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.7967758 / 33° 47’ 48” N

·        Longitude: -91.0739985 / 91° 04’ 26” W

PINNACLE SPRINGS

Faulkner Co.

 “You may not be aware of Pinnacle Springs, AR.  It lasted only about 10 years (1880s) but in that time it had several hotels, a college and much more.  Do you by any chance have any information regarding its history?”

Contributed by Richard McFadden in Feb 2002.

 

Pinnacle Springs flourished in the 1880s and had 12 bathhouses, a college, cotton gin, 2 hotels, saloon and a skating rink.  It was located on Pinnacle Springs Road, northwest of Cadron Creek, about two miles west of Guy. (GBS)

 

“I can tell you that Pinnacle Springs was in Faulkner Co. on the banks of Cadron Creek between Guy and Greenbrier.  See also the Faulkner County Historical Society web page for more on the history of Pinnacle Springs.”

Contributed by Mac Bird, Nov 06, 2006

 

·        SW¼ Sec 16, T8N, R13W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.3264695 / 35° 19’ 35” N

·       Longitude: -92.3932111 / 92° 23’ 36” W

RETTA

Pope Co.

Located on a point of land south of SH 27, overlooking Illinois Bayou, just south of Bayou Bluff Recreation Area and the Forks of Creek Cemetery, five miles north of Hector.  It had a post office - 1898-1938.  The Tripp Cemetery is just to the east of the site.

 

·        SW¼ Sec 18, T10N, R18W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.5167470 / 36° 31’ 00” N

·        Longitude: -92.9490594 / 92° 56’ 57” W

RICHMOND

Little River Co.

Richmond, is a populated place on the Ashdown West USGS map. Originally in Sevier county in 1857, Richmond fell in Little River county after an adjustment in county lines in 1867. It continued to function as a post office until 1929, when the mail began to be handled out of Ashdown.”

Contributed by Ed Sanders, Nov 08, 2002

 

It is located north of the Red River, south of SH 32, northwest of Texarkana and about six miles southwest of Ashdown.  At one time it had a school, the Richmond Male & Female Academy (don’t know if they were the same, or two separate schools), a United Methodist church, cemetery (one mile east of town), post office (1857-1929) and a fire department. (GBS)

 

·        NE¼ Sec 16, T13S, R30W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.6376201 / 33° 38’ 15” N

·        Longitude: -94.2074189 / 94° 12’ 27” W

ROME

Arkansas Co.

This class B "suburb" of Arkansas Post is on a hill five miles from the present town of Arkansas Post. In the early 1800s, this hill town flourished, but when land titles were muddled, the town faded, and the people moved to Arkansas Post.  Not listed by GNIS. (GBS)

 

“Hello, Just a quick statement about the entry that you have for ‘Rome’, Arkansas. It is true that Rome was planned out (in 1819) as one of two ‘suburbs’ to that of Arkansas Post –– then territorial capitol of the Arkansas Territory. However, in 1821 when the government was moved to centrally located Little Rock, the small upstarts and the historic Post of Arkansas (which originated in 1686) all virtually died off.  While there was the Post of Arkansas, or ‘Arkansas Post,’ there was a 3rd community of the same area –– like Rome, established in 1819 with economic and political aspirations –– the town of ‘Arkansas.’ Yes, any mention of ‘Arkansas’ and ‘Arkansas Post’ are two different communities, though historically only ½ mile from one another.  All three former community locations are within the 400+ acre boundary of the Memorial Unit of the Arkansas Post National Memorial –– a unit of the National Park Service.  I served for two years at this site as park historian and can direct you to many other ‘ghost town’ and fort sites within the region, if you are ever interested.  A map showing the Post of Arkansas and towns (aforementioned ‘suburbs’) are indicated.”

Submitted by: Brian McCutchen, Historian, National Park Service (4/17/2003)

RONDO

Miller Co.

This old town has faded badly. It was founded in the 1830s, and finally got a post office in 1858. It offered refuge to the state government during the Civil War.  In 1990, the population was 60.  It sits at the junction of SH 237 (N. Rondo Road)/Old Post & McClure roads, just southeast of the Texarkana Regional Airport, 3.5 miles east of the state line.

 

·        Corner of Secs 14, 15, 22, 23, T15S, R28W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 33.4445693 / 33° 26’ 40” N

·        Longitude: -93.9776863 / 93° 58’ 40” W

ROSBORO

Pike Co.

In September 2010, I received the following E-mail (SEE below).  This may be the same site as the rural community of Rosboro.  Anyone know for sure? (GBS)

 

“I don’t have any information on any of the current ghost towns listed that you are looking for more information on, but my grandmother, Ruth McClarin (maiden name Ruth Derbyshire) grew up in a town named Rosborough, or Roseborough, Arkansas. It was a sawmill town that lost its vitality after the sawmill burnt down. Everyone moved west- Arizona, Oregon, California. My grandmother ended up graduating as the Valedictorian of her High School class- a total of six people at that point.  I’ve got more information at home on this town, but I wanted to shoot some info out to you right away while I was thinking about it.

 

Her Grandmother ran the boarding house that fed and housed all the bachelors that worked for the sawmill. She was raised by her grandmother when she was born because her mother, Maud Nelson Derbyshire, became quite ill after her birth. Instead of milk, she fed her Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.

 

On Sunday, my family divided my grandmother’s estate possessions, and I inherited some of the china my great-great grandmother served those meals on. Some of the embossed spots were scrubbed off by the “help”, Mamie, thought it was food and scrubbed them off.

 

I also inherited some of the silverware, monogrammed with my great-grandmother’s initials, and the two middle (longest) tines of the forks are sharpened to points because my great-grandmother, once she was well, helped at the boarding house, and would beat eggs on a plate with those forks.

 

My Great-great grandfather was the Justice of the Peace, also worked night security at the mill. Only got attacked once in all the years he worked security. Also the only man my grandmother ever knew that shaved his armpits. Everyone in town worked for the sawmill, in one way or another. The town doctor was the sawmill company’s doctor, etc. I don’t know if you’re as into lost history as I am, but if so, I’ve plenty more info floating around my house. Thank you for your effort and interest!”

 

Contributed by Caitlin McClarin  September 14, 2010

RUSH

Marion Co.

The Ghost Town of Rush is located in Marion County on the Buffalo River.  Many of the buildings still remain. The historical location is well protected and is in a remote area.  For more information, contact the Yellville Chamber of Commerce.

 

“There are still many other buildings up. The picture I sent was in front of the Old General Store. It's a very peaceful and interesting place. Many of the "old timers" have amazing pictures of how it once looked in the early 1900s. Over 10,000 people lived in this mining community at one time. The picture (only shows) a small portion of what remains today. So, I don't think it would properly give the town credit to all of its wonderful history.”

Above contributed by Teri Gentry (May 08 & 09, 2006)

 

Just northwest of the Ozark National Forest, north of Buffalo River State Park, and about eight AIR miles southeast of Yellville, this World War I zinc-mining town sitting along Rush Creek is long forgotten.  The school is located on a bend in Frog Hollow, about a half mile west-northwest of the main historic district buildings.  A post office was in operation 1886-1888, but the location is not determined.   (GBS)

 

Historic District:

·        NE ¼ Sec 9, T17N, R15W, Fifth Principal Meridian 

·        Latitude: 36.1325713 / 36° 07’ 57” N

·        Longitude: -92.5709962 / 92° 34’ 16” W

 

School:

·        S-Ctr Sec 4, T17N, R15W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.1367380 / 36° 08’ 12” N

·        Longitude: -92.5787741 / 92° 34’ 44” W

SCOTIA

Pope Co.

This old town site is on the Arkansas River, 2.5 miles south of the confluence with Maycallin Creek east of the county line and south of London, northwest of Little Rock. It dates to the early 1830s, and was a major river port and county seat.  It is not listed in GNIS (GBS)

TROTT'S STAND

Benton Co.

This nearly forgotten old 1840s stage coach stop and rural community is located in the far northwest corner of the state on North Old Wire Road, just south of Sugar Creek, ¾ mile east of SH 62, about eight miles northeast of Bentonville, just south of Pea Ridge National Military Park and the state line.  It seems there were almost as many names to the community as years!  (See Mushett’s contribution below.)  It was also called Stunner and Bestwater.  The Bestwater Post Office was discontinued in 1939.  Other community amenities included a school/academy and a church (along SH 62).   From the GNIS aerial photo it seems like a small agricultural community without any commercial buildings.  (GBS)

 

“It was also known as Trott's Tavern, Trott's Mill, and Brightwater.”  

(Chuck Mushett, Apr 2002)

 

Brightwater:

·        SW¼ Sec 10, T20N, R29W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.4178512 / 36° 25’ 04” N

·        Longitude: -94.0568690 / 94° 03’ 25” W

WITTSBURG

Cross Co.

Southeast of Wynne, this badly faded class D town was a major river port and ferry point. It is two miles from Levesque, on the St. Francis River. In 1739, Bienville, the French governor of Louisiana, built a fort here. In 1803 when the Americans took over, the site was renamed Strong's Point, and from 1862-1868 acted as the county seat of Cross County. When the steamboat trade faded, the down did also. In 1886 the county seat was relocated to Vanndale, and today all that remains is a rural community stranded on an oxbow lake.

 

Ferry:

·        NW¼ Sec 20, T7N, R4E, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 35.2181443 / 35° 13’ 05” N

·        Longitude: -90.6978880 / 90° 41’ 52” W

YOCHUM BEND

Marion Co.

“The Old Yochum Bend is now covered by Bull Shoals Lake. But it was an up and going town of the age as well. The cemeteries were moved to Old Midway. My grandfather worked with the Corps of Engineer and had many of the displaced maps before the dam went in. Every Memorial Weekend, people gather there and reunite and talk about the old times. My grandmother was one of these people. But these people are now passing on and I worry that these stories will be lost.”

Contributed by Teri Gentry  May 09, 2006

 

Was located on the White River.  Could it have been in the Yocum Cove area, which is on the north side of the lake at a large bend, just south of the state line and in the eastern ¼ of the lake (at Lat: 36.468923, Long: -92.646503)?  Site not listed by GNIS (GBS)

 

Bull Shoals Lake (GPS – dam):

·        T19 & 20N, R15 & 16W, Fifth Principal Meridian

·        Latitude: 36.3653452 / 36° 21’ 55” N

·        Longitude: -92.5748858 / 92° 34’ 30” W

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