searcy ar: Old filling station gone. Remember when they were on every street corner?
- 08/08/11 04:10 PM
I saw the big shovels working on this old filling station on Main Street in Searcy Arkansas. I knew that I'd have to visit Google to get a picture of it that might be recognizable. Here is the one that no longer IS.
So it is gone and so is this place that was beside it. Recognize it?
Any of the Searcy Sleuths who may live away and come to Searcy just occasionally, be aware that the corner of South Main and Lincoln has changed. No telling what will be going up there shortly.
Another GONE thing would
searcy ar: The way it used to be. Old house with porch and barn and honor system.
- 08/04/11 04:15 PM
This country home that is now empty on Smith Road in Searcy Arkansas caught my eye as I drove past. I thought to myself that the house should be on my blog. But I didn't stop.
I saw this old barn beside the house and thought it should be on my blog. The country house and barn illustrated the way folks used to live. The house had a big old front porch, long windows, no underpinning and tin roof. Seems as if most of the barns looked like this one.
But I didn't stop.
Then I saw something on the
searcy ar: Bald Knob, Beebe and Kensett AR movie theaters of long ago. Movies on Saturday 15 cents.
- 08/02/11 10:45 PM
Searcy has an old movie theater that has lots of fame and gets lots of publicity. How about the other small towns? I think each had a movie theater and each theater was loved by the kids, especially on Saturday afternoon when they had a cowboy movie and a serial before the movie. I always wondered HOW that girl could be saved from that conveyor belt headed for the saws with her strapped on the belt and screaming her head off.
Here's Bald Knob.
Here's Beebe. Beebe just had a fire in this old structure so changes are in store.
searcy ar: Searcy Arkansas, Phoenix Club,Searcy Library and mommies and babies.....and how they go together.
- 07/27/11 03:53 PM
Two popular blogs that I have put up concern the first library in Searcy Arkansas, reportedly built in 1927 for a price of $33,000. That money was also reportedly raised by the Phoenix Club of Searcy.
The Phoenix Club must have been an early women's civic club or social club or some club that believed in reading. I have even heard that one physician's wife loved reading and wanted to help everyone read so she kept books in her home for folks to check out.
The next investigating revealed that the popular mommies and babies blog was a get together
searcy ar: SCA.org. Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Right here in Searcy Arkansas!
- 07/24/11 02:28 PM
There I wuz....just drivin' along by the park...
My passenger set up a high squeal! "Mother, there are medieval fighters right out there in that park!"
Naturally we turn around to have a closer look. We park the car and go up to these fighters and ask for permission to take their pictures. (We have courage!) We get permission to show you their outfits.
They have either built or bought the different parts of the outfits and strive for authenticity.
One warrior made this helmet for himself and then inscribed it.
Another warrior made his own leather vest.
searcy ar: Old Sunnyhill Market on Moore Street in Searcy AR 1977 and now.
- 07/18/11 06:38 PM
Searcy used to have a store on every corner, so my sleuths tell me. They told me that Mr. Yarnell of the Yarnell's Ice cream fame used to buy his groceries from the stores that sold his ice cream and rotated his business from store to store.
Here's a market that I remember. I even went in it a time or two, probably when it was not too busy and about to close down.
Here's the building today. Largely unchanged, wouldn't you agree? It just needs a few Coke signs and bicycles and an ice machine in front to
searcy ar: Bling? What is it and how'd you like an example of it? Searcy AR demonstration.
- 07/16/11 09:52 AM
I had a real estate client who said his late wife liked "bling."
Say whut? She liked bling? The word is not in my 1953 Webster's Dictionary. So I went to Dictionary.com.
-noun 1. expensive and flashy jewelry clothing, or other possessions. 2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated with it.
I still didn't really didn't understand "bling" until I saw this photograph. Now I feel that I need to teach my Searcy Sleuths, who have been dozing lately (understandable because of the heat) a little about bling.
So see if you can discover, Sleuths, what is the anomaly in this picture?
searcy ar: More Yarnell's Ice Cream memories. Guest Jim Bohannon Searcy Arkansas Super Sleuth.
- 07/13/11 09:33 AM
Yarnell's closing in Searcy Arkansas has made so many people go back and remember things about their lives growing up in Searcy. Several worked at Yarnell's. Here's a note I got from Jim Bohannon. He gave his permission for me to pass the memories on.
July 7, 2011
Enclosed is the 1929 city map computer CD of Searcy. I trust you'll enjoy retracing the old city streets and buildings. Sad, indeed, that Searcy lost Yarnell's. They were part of Searcy history and in the memories of all who knew them for the quality ice cream they produced.
searcy ar: Yarnell's closed their doors on a lot of memories. Including the mule barn!
- 07/05/11 08:24 AM
With guilt feelings I drove down a road that says, "No through traffic. Private property," but I suspected that since Yarnell's Ice Cream in Searcy Arkansas had shut down they'd have no one to arrest me for driving down the closed off street in Searcy AR.
I snapped pictures. They keep saying that we'll miss the ice cream and that's no lie but we'll also miss the gaily painted trucks. Look at the trucks behind the gates that have been locked.
How sad to see all the trucks grounded.
I loved the painted trucks. Then there were the buildings.
searcy ar: And a Happy 4th of July to you, Neighbor!! I'm watching over you!!
- 07/04/11 10:19 AM
We hide behind our fences, don't we?
We may not even know our neighbors?
Perhaps the fence is to keep the animals in but sometimes the fence may be just for our privacy?
On this 4th of July we all love each other and we all want to share our happiness and appreciation for this great country in which we live.
This picture made me happy today. Peeking over the back yard fence was this sign of true happiness. Who can be unhappy when a sunflower, uninvited, peeks over the fence and smiles at you!!!
Blog dedicated to my daughter who
searcy ar: The revenge of the trees? Another tree on house in Searcy Arkansas.
- 06/28/11 06:26 PM
I've had several blogs that showed the damage a tree will do to a house.....and it is not even during a tornado. The limbs just decide to go down and a house is not strong enough to withstand the blow.
Here's what we found in Searcy Arkansas today. The house is right beside our Searcy Board of REALTORS office on East Vine Street so lots of folks saw the damage.
The tree still stands tall and proud. I wonder if the folks will take it down to avoid another damaging limbfall. Hopefully, no one was hurt in the
searcy ar: "Open" sign to be no more. Frances's Antiques in Searcy AR closes its doors.
- 06/19/11 02:58 PM
This antique store has been located at 701 West Race for as many years as I can remember. Frances and A.D. Dale lived next door to the shop. The building had a second floor and they added two other buildings to hold their many antiques.
They were always gracious and made you feel good when you stopped by to visit. My house has a lot of furnishings from their store. I liked the way they refinished the furniture so that it looked like new "old" stuff. They were also willing to refinish the pieces you might buy somewhere else and bring by.
searcy ar: Reblogging Don Thompson's blog about Searcy Arkansas Sanitary Plumbing and Electric Company.
- 06/17/11 10:10 PM
My blog buddy, Don Thompson, put this wonderful old picture on his blog. Here's what he wrote. It is one of the clearest pictures that I've seen of old Searcy Arkansas. He'll probably have to tell us more about the Black Cat Cafe. Sounds like a Honkey Tonk to me.
Look at that dirt street and the new concrete sidewalk. This must be in the early 1900s.
It stood on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets near the Black Cat Cafe.
This picture was posted on Main Street Searcy facebook June 10, 2011.
And, you know what? That building
searcy ar: Never thought I'd see this in the middle of town. Code violation? Corner out-house.
- 06/05/11 08:44 AM
REOs are challenging.
REOs make you walk through them timidly.
REOs make you spray your legs with insect repellent before entering.
But I never thought an REO would have one of these in the middle of a nice subdivision.
Here's what showed from the corner of the yard.
It was a big yard but I needed to see what it was. When I opened the door, I was surprised to find this.
I still don't know what the round thing on the outside is.
searcy ar: The way it used to be in Searcy Arkansas, right on the fringe of town. 1600 W Pleasure.
- 05/26/11 08:44 PM
You think we have cookie-cutter houses today and they are all basically the same? Possibly so.
But it has always been that way. Style is style, whether you're talking about clothing or cars or houses. It was the style once to build houses like this one.
How many of these have you seen around town and most of them are just about worn out. I have to plead guilty to having put this one away to pasture. I tore it down. It is not satisfying to be a slumlord and when a house becomes so bad that no one can comfortably
searcy ar: A new look on East Race Street to an old building in Searcy AR.
- 05/23/11 08:13 PM
This building was so old and the real estate company that had been there had closed. We no longer have a Century 21 in Searcy Arkansas. I really thought the building would be torn down. The picture below looks good (made by the google man) but after the real estate company closed it went down further and further. Too bad I didn't take a picture just before it sold and started a new life.
Now when you drive by you see this magnificent front. It is impressive to see what the new owners have done. I'm not sure I like
searcy ar: Architectural genius or just slinging dirt around? REO palace for birds.
- 05/22/11 02:13 PM
REO (foreclosure properties) homes always offer surprises. This particular one had the front door guarded by a bunch of flying screeching birds that didn't appreciate my trespassing near their home. I had to see what they were so proud of. Here's what I saw.
I took this closeup because I was really impressed with the bird's house. If there were babies inside they were very quiet and not visible. Look at the layers of this house. They appeared to have selected different colors of dirt just to have a nicely painted house. Deliberate? Genius birds? It
searcy ar: Still another one bites the dust. Searcy old home goes the way of progress.
- 05/18/11 02:33 PM
I did my double-take a few months ago and wrote about it on this blog. Driving down a Searcy Street and seeing the remains of a home, perhaps historic or perhaps not, but part of old Searcy Arkansas anyhow, is always a head spinner.
Today it happened again. On Race Street one of the cutest little white cottages was gone except for this scene.
Is that the back door or the front door? We must check with the googleman to see what used to be.
This little cutie was located right beside the house that was in the earlier
searcy ar: Arkansas used to have the best strawberries in the world. Lots of pickers were required.
- 05/09/11 10:09 PM
Strawberries are ripe right now around Searcy Arkansas. Driving from Searcy Arkansas to Bald Knob Arkansas (which used to be called the strawberry capital of the world) along the old highway will possibly find lots of people with freshly-picked strawberries for sale.
They're pretty expensive this year, probably about $4 a quart. Folks who have a wild desire for strawberries are going to have to pay dearly.
An old family diary indicated that the teenage girl and two of her friends were going to McRae to stay at the home of a family and pick berries. They stayed a few days and didn't
searcy ar: Ghost architecture in Searcy Arkansas. Makes you wonder what it once looked like.
- 05/06/11 10:06 PM
My blog buddy, Anita, once had me distracted by looking for "ghost signs" which were old signs painted on brick buildings. We blogged a few of those.
While downtown in Searcy Arkansas I looked up from my parking space and saw "ghost architecture."
Yes, that's a good name for it. These brick buildings have been renovated but there are signs of the past all over them.
I wonder whether we could get someone who is an expert with Photoshop who could give us the original view of these buildings. They liked curves!!