J W Blevins Livery Stable Heber Springs AR and Searcy AR Stage Line

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Vac Veterans from facebook has put up another old picture.  It shows one really fancy stable.

It is labeled Searcy and Heber Daily Stage Line. J W Blevins Livery Stable.

It shows men and horses and a stagecoach. One guy may be on crutches?

I have never seen this picture before but Mary Cargile gives a possible explanation for its location. Go to the facebook page and read what she says.  And thanks, Vac, for allowing me to repost it.

Vac Veterans also says it has "Main St" in pencil on the back of the picture.

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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Barbara, you're on a roll with your interesting pics from Searcy's yesteryears. I remember J.W. Blevins from something we've discussed before. Don't remember the blog and I'll look for it later. I hauled out Muncy's book and found this:

J. W. Blevins, who ran a wagon yard in Searcy, attempted to get in tune  with the times. In 1905, he advertised his as the "best wagon yard in Searcy . . . electric lights .. . now only ten cents per wagon."

Poorer people who came to  town could not afford to stay in hotels, so they pulled their wagons into an enclosure, called a "wagon yard, " paid a small fee, which included water for "washing up. " and slept in the wagon. 

The 1919 Searcy map shows the wagon yard enclosed by Market, Center, and Spruce streets.

Wagon Yard

I could not find anything on Main St. that resembled the livery stable.

Jan 29, 2013 11:56 PM #1
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, from this map where would you say that fancy front stood.  Mr. Blevins must have been doing a great business and he occupied a lot of space.  Thanks for pointing out the info about Blevins from Muncy's book.  And what do you think that spire in the background is?

Jan 30, 2013 02:31 AM #2
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I went to the 1913 Searcy map and found a livery stable on Center near Main. The building shape looks


Livery Stable

 If this is the J.W. Blevin's livery stable then the spire could be the Presbyterian Church across from the Rialto.

View to Church SpireChurch Spire

BTW, on the 1913 map, the wagon yard isn't in the location of the 1919 map. Harold, I was in the process of editing my latest entry so you didn't see the location of the livery stable.

Jan 30, 2013 03:12 AM #3
Harold Gene Sullivan

This one is a good puzzle.  Thanks, Barbara.

A wagon yard and a livery stable isn't the same thing but related enough to be owned by the same guy.  However, they may have not been co-located. The livery stable building looks like a brick building which indicates the business was probably prosperous. 

Jan 30, 2013 03:25 AM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don and Harold Gene, have you been to facebook to see what Mary Cargile wrote about this building.  And if it was on Center near Main the spire could have been that old Presbyterian Church? 

Jan 30, 2013 04:07 AM #5
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