historic buildings: Searcy AR Public School 1908 view. Historic post card. - 04/26/19 07:33 AM

On ebay right now is this great post card showing Searcy AR Public School.  The card is dated 1908 and that means it is VERY old.  I started thinking (actually assuming) it might be Searcy HIGH School but it says Public School Searcy ARK. Possibly it was the entire school for Searcy at that time?
I may have put this picture up before because when I looked on my bulletin board, I saw a card just like it that I already have.  But it deserves another view and if you'd like a copy, hurry to ebay and buy it.  They must be … (4 comments)

historic buildings: American Legion Hut Searcy AR today. On National Historic Register. - 04/05/19 07:22 AM

Searcy AR
American Legion Hut
You drive by this almost daily and think nothing about it but is one of Searcy's oldest and most historic buildings.  It is on Race Street across from the White County Courthouse.  It was constructed in 1939 with native fieldstone with funding support from Works Progress Administration (WPA).  It was placed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
What you don't see and if you are like me, you may have never seen the back of the building.  I took a picture and here it is.  It almost appears to be an add-on but only … (5 comments)

historic buildings: Moved from West Point AR to Higden. Anyone remember? - 03/16/17 11:06 AM

Maybe, just maybe, someone from West Point AR may remember a little cabin that was there.  My Super Sleuth friend, Anita, invited me up to her home in Higden where she and her husband retired many years ago.  The home they bought came with this cabin that had been reportedly moved from West Point to this property.  They used to use it for fish fries and parties and had great fun.  Here's the side view of it.
Inside we found several memories from way back.  How'd you like to be heating your home with this stove?  
And take a look at this … (6 comments)

historic buildings: Bald Knob AR Market Cafe and Station. Historic post card. - 02/09/17 05:07 AM

Travel through Bald Knob AR and you can still stop and visit this Market Cafe.  This post card shows the building and the cars reveal the age of the picture.  I found it interesting that the cafe owner may have also been the owner of what was a filling station.  The building in the backgroud is called Market Station and it is also still there but it no longer says Market Station.  Here is a current picture from Google Earth showing the two buildings.
Bald Knob sleuths may be able to tell us more about the history of these two buildings and … (12 comments)

historic buildings: Gone. Dr. Miller's dental office at 204 S Charles St., Searcy AR. - 05/21/16 10:53 PM

Reduced to rubble, so reported my creative daughter as she sent me this picture.  It is the picture of what was left of the old dental office of Dr. Robert Miller, who practiced there for so many years.  I was one of his patients and she probably was too.  Here's the old view of it. 
Speaking of creative, it was always a pleasure to go into his office because he was an artist.  There were original works of art on his walls and he was an expert wood-working expert with beautiful turned bowls made of special wood.   Before his death in 2013 … (6 comments)

historic buildings: Searcy AR old photos in front of building. Shoffner Estate. - 01/29/16 03:49 AM

Here are two more pictures from old Searcy AR.  They were loaned to me by Cargile Auctions to share with readers of this blog and come from the Shoffner Estate Sale that will be coming up in March.  Look at the background.  What store in Searcy was that?  Anyone remember?  It looks as if the pictures were both taken in front of the same store.  Note the windows and door.  I'm betting some Sleuth will remember which store it was.
Barely readable on the back of the wagon with barrels is this, "George Shoffner & Mr. _____________."  I can't make out the … (8 comments)

historic buildings: Remember McDonald's entry into Searcy? Building is now gone. - 10/25/15 10:30 AM

It is gone!  Torn down!  I had to go to the internet to find this final picture of the building that once housed McDonald's in Searcy AR.
We were one proud city when McDonald's was brought to Searcy and placed at 1707 East Race Street.  The building was lovely with a play place for kids, lots of parking, and a drive-through for grabbing a quick burger.  It was decorated with hand painted scenes from Searcy by a Searcy artist.  I can't remember the year it came but the internet tells me it was sold to a family that owned Trail Dust in … (5 comments)

historic buildings: Jacksonport AR, historic county courthouse, 1872 - 1892, Newport AR - 02/24/14 09:02 AM
Real estate can be trying.  Real estate can be fun.  But real estate is never boring!  Daughter Valerie Canepa and I had to go to Jacksonport Arkansas to check on a property.  I had never heard of Jacksonport and neither had she.  We found it just on the other side of Newport Arkansas. (Jacksonport served as an important steamboat stop and trading center at the confluence of the White River and Black River, until being bypassed by the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad shortly after becoming county seat, according to Wikipedia.)
Today, it is a city of about 212 folks and … (14 comments)

historic buildings: 1908 Kensett AR building with businesses. Lots of people on the porch. - 02/03/14 09:57 AM

Another ebay goodie!
This card is for sale on ebay now and should be bought by the Kensett history keeper.  Kensett was once a thriving town with the railroad running right through the middle of it.  The railroad going through Kensett AR is still very active but the town has not grown.  Kensett was also the home of Wilbur Mills.
This great old card on ebay was taken around 1908 and shows a CC Pearson Grocerie, a restaurant and other businesses.  The building looks like new lumber in the picture and could be newly constructed. There even seems to be … (5 comments)

historic buildings: Searcy College and where it was apparently located. Late 1800's. - 04/25/13 04:20 AM

I've driven these streets so many times!  I knew that College Street sorta dead-ended at W. Race and then there was a small amount of North College off W. Academy.  But I am just now possibly understanding why.
These two buildings were probably located here at the end of N. College. 

Dr. Ray Muncy's book (Searcy, Arkansas: A Frontier Town Grows up With America) reports that a 1886-1887 catalog boasted two large buildings.  One was for men, one for women, and the sexes were not allowed to mingle.  It had been on the corner of Pine and … (5 comments)

historic buildings: Searcy AR has an improved building on Main, across from the old Rendezvous. - 04/21/13 03:05 AM
Mr. Google, who must be a big procrastinator, and that works in our favor, still has this image of the old filling station located on Main Street in Searcy AR, right across the street from the old Rendezvous.

I looked at it often and wondered what it originally looked like but no post cards or pictures ever showed up.  I liked the little column things.  Now when you drive by, it has a new look.  Look at this picture.

It has been made to look nice and they kept the columns and adorned them.  I tried a closeup … (6 comments)

historic buildings: One of the twin tins is getting a face lift. They didn't tear it down!! - 03/14/13 12:17 AM
A few months ago I wrote a blog when I suddenly noticed that buildings that I had driven by hundreds of times were alike!  They were on opposite sides of the road (once the tracks) and looked as if they'd had the same designer.
One of them recently sold and I watched as the wrecking ball got closer and closer to it.  I thought it was a goner for sure.
But look!  Here's what is going on.

The new owner decided that he would like to keep the character of the old building and is saving it.
Here's the other … (6 comments)

historic buildings: Did you swim here? Better not try to do it now? Noble's Motel Searcy AR - 01/14/13 03:20 AM
This old postcard shows Noble Motel with a big cool pool!  Folks were sunning and enjoying it.  The pool is no longer at the motel and the motel is no longer called Noble Motel but everyone who has been around Searcy AR for any length of time remembers the motel.  And they remember the restaurant that was beside it, Bill's Grill.
But what happened to the pool!  I approached one of the relatives about this the other day and he expressed his agitation at his dad for filling the thing in.  He couldn't remember the year but he must have been … (5 comments)

historic buildings: Bragging about an ex-student, now a competitor.....and his listing of historic hotel in Letona Arkansas. - 12/14/12 05:13 AM
When I taught Art at Searcy High I had several students who have now wound up as competitors of mine in this real estate business.
One of my favorites was David Lorton.  He actually got himself an art degree and then switched to business, worked all over the country with Wal-Mart and other businesses and has now become a very good real estate agent. 
His newest listing belongs on this blog.  He has listed the old hotel at Letona!  And he put the old picture of it in with his current pictures!  NOW, that is an artist for you!  He appreciates … (12 comments)

historic buildings: First Christian Church once in Searcy AR. Now gone but remembered. - 09/26/12 10:58 AM

Card on ebay!
Slightly ragged and wrinkled and very old.
And no, I was NOT talking about myself!  I was referring to the condition of this card.  But the condition of the card is better than the condition of the church.  It has been torn down and replaced by buildings owned and operated by United Methodist Church. 
It appears to have a basement.  Wonder if it was a successful basement or did it have a tendency to hold water. Surely some of our sleuths will know the answers to questions about this old First Christian Church.  And … (22 comments)

historic buildings: Three faces of 219 Market St., Searcy AR. Historic downtown building. - 08/02/12 10:04 PM
219 Market Street in Searcy Arkansas sold a few months ago.
  It sold to the folks who own Salon Bliss and Boutique and they have made it beautiful.  I like the fact that they appreciate history and have actually saved a building from Searcy's past and made it the location of a successful business location again.
So it is time for a review.  First is a picture taken in by Paula Windsor when she was a child and assigned a photography project.  She took lots of downtown pictures and we have had them on this blog.

Next we have … (8 comments)

historic buildings: They are not historic now but soon will be so save these pictures. Going down on E. Pleasure St. in Searcy AR. - 08/01/12 04:47 AM
 I remember.
I remember when this style construction was so popular.  I loved the look of native rock and frame combined.
I especially liked ranch houses built with this combination.  Evidently Harding University in Searcy Arkansas also liked the look because there are several apartment complexes built along E. Pleasure as you approach Harding that were probably built back then.
They are going down!

 Your roving blogster took these pictures.  I like best the rock walls.


They are being replaced with some gorgeous buildings that I blogged about a few weeks ago.  See that blog here.   … (7 comments)

historic buildings: Pershing filling station in Searcy AR.....another view from ebay. - 06/18/12 06:22 AM
We've had pictures of the evidently very popular Pershing filling station on this blog before.  In fact, we have had it on two times.  Check this blog and this blog for other pictures.
The station has cropped up on ebay and I made a bid or two but it has several interested bidders and I have lost out. But here is the picture on ebay.

I wish we knew who the gents were who were standing around gazing at the camera.  It was a nice brick building!

historic buildings: Wonder if they had the same architect way back then. Old banks in White County AR. - 01/08/12 09:28 AM

Great picture, isn't it!!  This old picture of the Bald Knob State Bank with an approximate date of 1910 shows how lovely the building was.  Evidently the fashion was to have a corner entry. 
I started comparing.  Here's a picture of the Kensett Bank, now closed.  Look how similar.

And let's add another one.  It is still open and thriving.  McRae Arkansas has this fantastic old bank built around 1900 so says the county records.

I did a blog on this bank once before and loved the bullet proof glass that is still inside.  Here's a review.


historic buildings: Cresting. I found some more of that stuff right here in White County Arkansas. - 10/19/11 02:38 PM
Reviewing some delightful pictures that I took last year of our famous "oldest documented church in Arkansas" I found another example of what I had never heard of until a few days ago when I put up a blog about a house in West Point Arkansas that was built in 1883 and had this stuff on the top of the roof which was defined by a reader as cresting. 
This oldest church is called Smyrna Church and is located just before Center Hill on Highway 36 West.   Suzy Ribeiro defined the trim on roofs in a comment.
The spindly metal trim on rooftops … (3 comments)

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