Author Archives: Faulkner County Historical Society

Building a Railroad: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

Many remember the story in those American History textbooks about the building of the transcontinental railroad across our great country. Others may have even visited points of interest in that story, like Promontory Point, Utah where the Golden Spike was ceremonially driven in by Leland Stanford to join the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869.

The building of the railroad from Little Rock to Ft. Smith may not be as familiar but it is literally what put Conway on the map. Here is the story Continue reading

“Gone to the Grave” Author Abby Burnett to Speak at FCHS Annual Meeting

Abby Burnett, author of “Gone to the Grave,” will speak at the annual meeting of the Faulkner County Historical Society on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm in Courtroom “A” of the Faulkner County Courthouse at 801 Locust St. in Conway. (Park in the back and enter the back door. Take the elevator to the second floor.)

Abby will talk about death and burial customs in the Arkansas Ozarks. She has also been on AETN’s “Silent Storytellers” documentary.

Jim Miller, Conway Entrepreneur: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

Jim Miller grew up on a farm south of Conway, graduating Conway High School in 1952. He then married Patsy Lane, whose father was a well-known Conway barber. After eight years in the Air Force, the Millers returned to Conway in 1960.

Miller purchased the old Kuykendall Swimming Pool from Continue reading