Category Archives: “Looking Back”

Faulkner County Historical Society: “Looking Back”

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

When the Faulkner County Historical Society (FCHS) was organized on April 16, 1959 under the sponsorship of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, its stated purpose was to bring together those people interested in the history of the county.

The society’s major function would be to promote Continue reading

The Flagstones: “Looking Back”

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

In the early days of Conway Station, visitors came to the business district on foot while others rode an animal—often a horse, donkey or mule. Farmers often came in an old wagon while a few traveled by horse and buggy. The sidewalks and the streets were mostly dirt and when it rained, Continue reading

Oldest Faulkner County Town: “Looking Back”

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

Although the city of Conway gets a lot of attention as the county seat and center of much commerce, Greenbrier is actually the oldest town in Faulkner County. It predates Faulkner County, being a village in Conway County until Continue reading

The Flood of 1927: “Looking Back”

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

Longtime residents of Faulkner County have a variety of stories about high waters in the county over the years. Even newcomers have seen some significant flooding in the area over the last few years. But none compares to the Great Flood of 1927.

Torrential rains began falling April 12, 1927, the heaviest rain in many months, resulting in widespread flooding along the Arkansas River and the Mississippi River. The magnitude of the flooding exceeded Continue reading

Conway Station: “Looking Back”

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

When the Faulkner County Historical Society recently enlarged a picture of Conway Station to use as a backdrop for its new photo booth, it drew all sorts of reactions. Many expressed regret that the depot was torn down back in 1974. Others had no idea Conway ever had a depot. But Conway began Continue reading