From 1907 to around 1943, Arkansas participated in a federal initiative to eradicate the ticks that caused Texas tick fever among the state’s cattle herds. The ticks mainly came into the state during the 19th century Texas cattle drives, although there is some evidence that they were in the state before the Civil War.
Arkansas’ climate and the common cattle practices at the time provided Continue reading
Harkrider Street, the part of Highway 64/65 that runs through the city of Conway, was named for James Homer Harkrider. Born in Alabama in 1834, he joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, soon rising to the rank of captain.
At the Battle of Chickamauga Creek, Captain Harkrider was hit Continue reading
At a little after 11:30 a.m. on July 30, 1896, a crowd gathered in front of the Fort Smith Federal Jail as James Calvin Casharago, aka George Wilson, of Faulkner County, was led from the jail toward the gallows.
The 26-year-old man, short in stature, was a good-looking man and Continue reading
This past weekend, our road trip included a stop at Quitman Fest. It was while we were driving through this small town on Highway 25, which straddles both Faulkner and Cleburne counties, that we turned onto College Street, a street that runs north and south from the downtown area.
Yes, there was once a college in Quitman. The Quitman Male and Female College, usually called Quitman College, was chartered in 1871, the first Methodist educational institution established Continue reading
In 1861, a small group of pioneers began to settle in the area that is now called Vilonia. According to tradition, this original settlement was called Vilsonia which mean “land of two valleys.”
The name was altered when the first group of Masons established a lodge there in 1873. When they sent their request into the national headquarters in Washington, D.C., the national organization misspelled the name; instead the name was recorded as “Vilonia.” Continue reading