Searcy? Bald Knob? Depot with lots of people. 1952. Arkansas.

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Bald Knob Searcy depot people gathered

Where was it and what were they doing?

This picture has Nov. 1952 written on the back.  The front lower corner says Novak Bald Knob Ark.  The water tower has something that looks like " ...national ......Co" written on it.  Could it have been International Shoe Co.?

So, Searcy Sleuths, can you tell us where it was and what was going on?  The people seem to be dressed nicely and there is a crowd.  Perhaps someone was speaking to the group. 

There are lots and lots of light poles.  I really like the picture and think you will too.  It was loaned to me by Shirley Betts Baugh for this blog.  Thanks, Shirley.

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Anita Fuller

Yes, Mr. Novak was a photographer from Bald Knob. My GUESS is that this is the train station in Kensett and the people are gathered to "welcome" some famous (or maybe infamous) person coming to Searcy. Perhaps to speak at Harding College, or to perform somewhere or to give a political speech. What's your guess, Don?

Oct 21, 2019 02:39 PM #7
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Don Thompson
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I'm going with Bald Knob. Two many utility poles for Searcy.

I believe that Searcy had a big Searcy sign on both sides of the depot.

Could be Kensett. It's station was small with no sign. I doubt that Kensett had that many people though.

Oct 21, 2019 06:30 PM #8
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Morning Barbara.

Reading some of the comments, I'm confident you'll find the answer.

Oct 22, 2019 01:02 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita and Don, I am going to do more searching.  I thought you two would know, without a doubt, exactly where it was and what was going on.  Let's continue!

Oct 22, 2019 07:26 AM #12
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Kyle Davis

Too bad the sign on the left side of the photo is not clear.

Oct 22, 2019 09:28 AM #13
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Don Thompson
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Here are depot pics.

Searcy  Spring at Pleasure -  Paula's pic.

Bald Knob

Searcy Main St. Depot

Kensett

 

Conclusion. Good chance it's the Main St. Depot in Searcy. See utility poles in background.

Oct 22, 2019 07:31 PM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, I like the way you found all those depot pictures and I sorta agree with you that it is probably Searcy.  Let's continue searching though.

 

Oct 23, 2019 05:09 AM #17
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Kyle Davis

The roof looks more like the Bald Knob and Kensett depot’s.

Oct 23, 2019 06:21 AM #18
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Don Thompson
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Bear in mind that the area around Mulberry Ave. was all undeveloped in the 50's. See the railroad tracks on the map below.

Oct 23, 2019 01:04 PM #19
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, I get mixed up looking at it but am thinking that the water tower was somewhere in that  S.Oak and  S.Charles area.  What do you think?

Oct 23, 2019 04:47 PM #20
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Kyle Davis

Don, are you referring the Cal-Maine "wires" as utility poles in the background of the Searcy Depot?

Oct 23, 2019 05:22 PM #21
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Don Thompson
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Kyle,No because they weren't around in the 50's. I found Benita Meharg Selvidge's post on facebook interesting. I never spent much time in that area in the 50's. There was a junk yard nearby that I would visit looking for copper wire. I remember finding old electric motors and stripping the wire out. Also raiding the telephone company junk cans. Anyhow I sure don't remember that many poles.

Oct 24, 2019 11:11 AM #24
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Odas Parsons

The water tower in the picture appears to say International Shoe Co.

Nov 01, 2019 06:04 PM #25
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Odas, you are right.  It does appear to say that.

Nov 02, 2019 05:57 AM #26
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Brian Winningham

I think this might be something in connection with the tornados that happened earlier that year. I would imagine that would account for the large number of power poles too. I believe this is Bald Knob based on the picture of the BK Depot above.

Nov 05, 2019 07:52 PM #27
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Brian, I am sorta agreeing with you.  I understand the man who saved the picture lived in Bald Knob for a few years.

Nov 06, 2019 05:28 AM #28
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Frances Clark

Photo likely taken by Jimmy Novak, a Bald Knob photographer who took many pictures in this vicinity during the mid ‘40’s to mid 60’s. Depot looks like BK, but could be Beene too. Jimmy gave my husband a stack of glass negative plates during his last year. Have no idea what they are.

Nov 08, 2019 04:54 PM #29
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Frances, he must have been very good with his photography.  Where is Beene?  Your glass negative plates could be as valuable as the Disfarmer ones!!  Check them out.

Nov 09, 2019 05:26 AM #30
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Kyle Davis

For the folks that may not be in the White County Facebook group I believe we finally have an answer. Apparently there were two depots in Bald Knob. This picture is of the freight depot.

Nov 15, 2019 09:26 PM #31
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ok, Kyle, what was the occasion?  A facebook reader  said that Bald Knob once had a shoe factory also! 

Frances Worden Clark said, "BJ said Bald Knob first had a shoe factory in the plant where General Industries later located. That would be about where the high tank is located that says "shoe company"."

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