MN&A, DK&S? Old Railroad Depot in Searcy AR. Another one.

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 Railroad depot Searcy aR

Our continuing saga about railroad depots.....here's another one.  This photo was taken by Paula in her Girl Scouts' project about photography.  That was in the 40's.  I mistakenly said it was a 4H project earlier but I've been corrected.  Paula went around old Searcy snapping photos of buildings and businesses and those photos have almost made her a new Disfarmer.  (Look him up if you've never heard of him. He was an eccentric photographer in Heber Springs and is worth a blog all by himself. His photos now sell for thousands.)

I need someone in Searcy-land to tell me which railroad depot this was.  There's a very interesting article in the Searcy Daily Citizen http://www.thedailycitizen.com/articles/2008/08/09/news/local_news/news01.txt today about the M&NA Railroad line which went through Searcy. This may be its depot.

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Mystic, perhaps the Searcy courthouse records would give the history of who owned the property in the past.  An abstract company could also do a search for you.  Good luck in finding the previous owners.  Send us a picture of the old house and shed and chickenhouse!  Interesting.

 

January 12, 2012 09:19 AM
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I have looked at the Sanborn Maps for Searcy. I've studied the foot print of the depot on the Sanborn Map and compared it to the depot of this picture. The depot in the picture was the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. This depot was located at the corner of E Pleasure and S Spring St., right across the street from where the White Co. Library is located today. The Donaphin, Kensett & Searcy Railroad was located on S Main St., right across from where the Simmons First National Bank is today. It looks like this old depot is still there. It's a small white building, built like old depots were built in those days. The Missouri & North Arkansas Depot was located between S Main St. and S Spring St., at the location of Youngs Tire & Auto. E Mulberry St. runs atop of what was the M&NA Railroad line. Also, it ws the M&NA Railroad that ran west out of Searcy, across Crosby Rd, and northwest towards Heber Springs.
January 10, 2014 08:16 AM
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M&NA Enthusiast, thanks for that information.  It is a shame that this beautiful building no longer exists.  I drive by the other old depot regularly and know it has to come down soon because the condition looks so bad.  We appreciate your comment.

January 10, 2014 08:28 AM
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I didn't realize this question had been answered in earlier post. I would like to expand on Bob Collins comment about the M&NA Railroad. He ended his comment of the northerly track of the M&NA, at the Big Dike Rd (Hwy 107) in SW Heber Springs. The track continues northwest of Heber, which is covered by Greers Ferry Lake. If look at Google Maps and follow the lake, the track ran in a westerly and northerly direction. It ran up between an island to the east in the lake and the mountain to the west. At this point it ran north, following close to the western edge of the lake until a point where the lake fans out in a east-west direction. This is about where it ran through the community of Miller, following old hwy 16, now under the lake. Also, this is about the area where the M&NA starts following on the west bank of the Little Red River northwesterly. It ran south of the community of Shiloh (Shiloh Park today), running northwesterly, it ran through what is now known as "The Narrows", to Higden. The original town of Higden is under water today. Looking at Google Maps, you will notice at the northern tip of Higden where it meets the lake, you'll notice an island just north, the railroad ran just north of this island and crosses the South Fork of The Little Red River. It turns northeast along the northwest edge of the lake, to Edgemont. Looking at Google Maps at Edgemont, you will see the strip of land separating the larger lake to the south from the Middle Fork of the Little Red to the north. Hwy 16 runs across this strip. You will notice on the west edge, a deep cut was made through this strip, so the train could cross this portion of land, then the train ran along the west bank of the Middle Fork of the Little Red River. Just north of here, the railbed is visible and is known as Sandiff Rd. Following Sandiff Rd, it then becomes Pole Ranch Rd, leaves it, then becomes Pole Ranch Spur. Leaving the spur road, you can see the remains of the railroad bed and crosses the Middle Fork of the Little Red River, east of Shirley. The railroad enters Shirley from the east between Depot Rd and Brown Rd., crosses Hwy 9 and ran through what is now the middle of a rodeo arena. It continues west out of Shirley on what is today River Rd. Crossing the Little Red over the Shirley bridge which is an auto bridge today. Friends and I have riding 4-wheelers many times on the part of the rail bed from Shirley up to Arlberg. When I started riding this part of the line, it was a county road. Over the years, flooding by the river has claimed portions of the old rail bed and we have to take detours only ATV's can take. The part of the rail bed between Lydalisk and Arlberg have been claimed by the river. From Arlberg to Leslie, you can see much of it on Google Maps. It's moslty Elba Rd and Rumley Rd, until it crosses the Little Red just east of US 65. It then travels north on the east bank of the river into Leslie. The train depot still stands in Leslie. It is just south of Oak St. (Hwy 66) and just east of Cove Creek. The track ran north out of Leslie, crossing Begley Creek and running parallel to Main St. It followed Main St., until the road turns northeasterly, the track turned northwesterly, just before Rail Rd. It runs parallel to Rail Rd, until the road crosses a creek, then Rail Rd runs atop the old rail bed to the community of Baker. It parallels Hwy 74, but is hard to tell exactly where the rail bed was located as it ran east into Marshall. Once in Marshall, it ran just north of present day US 65 and is Fair St today. It turns north just northeast of Marshall High School football field. It crosses Factory Rd a few feet north of School Rd. From here, it meanders north as Zack Rd and crosses the Buffalo River just east of Gilbert. You can see the piers of the old bridge. It turns west after crossing the Buffalo and runs through the southern part of Gilbert just north of the river. I've written this, in case anyone was interested in reading it. I can continue from this point to Seligman, MO, if anyone who doesn't know where it is would like to know.
January 10, 2014 12:39 PM
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I got totally lost on this one. : )

January 10, 2014 04:47 PM
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