Tag Archives: Faulkner County

Taverns and Saloons: “Looking Back”

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

Very early Faulkner County travelers did not have much choice in overnight accommodations if they found themselves away from home. Various inns and taverns along the main roads provided rooms for these travelers. Taverns and saloons Continue reading

Conway Runs Into Snags Moving Springfield-Des Arc Bridge

We’re nearing fall and the 142-year-old Springfield-Des Arc bridge is still falling apart over Cadron Creek off Springfield Road north of Wooster on Faulkner County’s edge with Conway County.

The City of Conway has run into snags in its already-funded project to restore and move the bridge to Beaverfork Lake for walking/bicycling. Conway announced last week it learned it must Continue reading

Fish Frying on the Fourth: “Looking Back”

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

Today is the 240th birthday of the United States of America! Today we fly our flags and set off fireworks! Today we celebrate our freedom and liberty!

In previous generations, hard work on the farm kept many from the celebrations but by the industrialized 1960s, many had the day off to celebrate with family and friends. So we headed to the lake, fired up the grills, Continue reading

Cadron Creek: “Looking Back”

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

Living in the center of the Natural State, Arkansans have a variety of opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Here in Faulkner County, there were many places to camp, hike, canoe, fish and swim in the summers of yesteryear as well as today.

The Cadron Creek has always been an outdoor destination for Faulkner County residents. The multiple forks and tributaries provided bathing and drinking water for early settlers. Continue reading

The Springfield-Des Arc Bridge: “Looking Back”

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

Central Arkansas in the 19th century was significantly different than it is today. Faulkner County, with Conway as the county seat, was not carved out of Conway and Pulaski counties until 1873. Instead, one of the most significant towns in the area was Springfield, which served as the county seat for Conway County. Continue reading