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A Historical Record of Visiting: “Looking Back”

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

Some of the most interesting remnants of our local history are the curious items sent in by rural correspondents to the Log Cabin. They provide a glimpse into the lives of Faulkner County residents that can’t be found elsewhere. Continue reading

Deep-Rooted Drug Stores: “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 medicine, drugs were often dispensed by country doctors who made house calls. The doctor usually had two bags, one for his tools and one for the variety of remedies he would prescribe. As towns grew, doctors opened up offices with drug stores usually established somewhere nearby.

Various sources say that the drug store on the southeast corner of Oak and Front was originally established in 1890 by Dr. J.F. Kincheloe. Kincheloe Drug later became Continue reading

Highway Cafés: “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 1940s, Hwy. 65 was re-routed away from downtown. Its new path followed Harkrider Street through Conway before it continued northward through Greenbrier to Damascus.

Hwy. 64, coming from the east, merged with Hwy. 65, coming from the south, at Oak and Harkrider and then split again at what locals called the “Y” with 64 going west and 65 continuing north. The “Y” is still evident in front of Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The development of this new thoroughfare and the rise of the automobile led to Continue reading

Shopping for Shoes: “Looking Back”

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

Shopping for shoes was always a special occasion. We usually had to have new shoes in the fall when school started because our feet grew while we were running barefoot all summer. We also had to have new dress shoes in the spring to match that perfect Easter outfit Mom had picked out at Jack and Jill’s.

Blue Ribbon Shoes Continue reading

Downtown Cafés: “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 1940s and 1950s, there were numerous cafes in downtown Conway. Some were opened before World War II but many of them got their start in the 1940s. Visitors had their favorites and many who shopped downtown during this time have fond memories of eating at their favorite café.

One of the oldest besides Goad’s Café was the Palace Café. Located at 804 Front Street (across Main Street from the Post Office), it was opened in Continue reading