â€œEvery corner of the state is included . . . a real treasure for travelers and celebrants of Arkansas and American history.â€? â€”Bill Worthen, director, Historic Arkansas Museum
From the Inside Flap
In this visual historyâ€”the Hanley brothersâ€™ most extensive book yetâ€”readers will trace many townsâ€™ humble beginnings, with wooden-frame structures lining rutted dirt streets teeming with wagons, horses, and mules. The evolution of towns such as Walnut Ridge, Bentonville, Little Rock, and Lake Village, as well as tiny hamlets such as Black Rock and Ponca, unfolds before readersâ€™ eyes. Scenes from the 1950s feature stores such as Ben Franklin, OTASCO, and Western Auto. Success stories of Main Street preservation and revitalization in El Dorado, Siloam Springs, Conway, and Harrison show how local elders have set an example for other towns.