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Pottsville in Pope County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Potts Inn

 
 
Potts Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 9, 2018
1. Potts Inn Marker
Inscription.  Kirkbride Potts, with help from his wife Pamelia Logan Potts, designed and constructed this large and stately building between 1850 and 1858. He patterned it after the Classical Revival style he knew in his home state of Pennsylvania; however, he built it with local labor and native materials. Lumber for siding and trim, bricks for chimneys, and laths and plaster for walls were designed and finished on site. Only doors, mantels, and glass window panes were factory made and shipped up the Arkansas River.

The building served as a post office, a social and cultural center, an inn, overnight Butterfield Stage stop, and home. The Butterfield line closed at the beginning of the War in 1861. With the stage line gone and four years of devastating war and its aftermath, Potts Inn changed. The inn provided fine accommodations for early travelers and new customers. For example, it furnished food and lodging for surveyors and engineers working for the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway Company. Pamelia Potts died August 5, 1878 and Kirkbride followed, November 27, 1879. Both are buried in Potts Cemetery overlooking the land of Galla Creek. Potts'
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descendants occupied the home until they sold it to the Pope County Historical Foundation in 1970.
 
Erected 1970 by the Pope County Historical Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable BuildingsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is August 5, 1878.
 
Location. 35° 14.979′ N, 93° 2.783′ W. Marker is in Pottsville, Arkansas, in Pope County. Marker is at the intersection of East Ash Street and 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west on East Ash Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 East Ash Street, Pottsville AR 72858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Potts Family in the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Potts Inn / Butterfield's Overland Mail (a few steps from this marker); Potts Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Bois D'Arc Tree / In 1790 When This Tree Began Growing: (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson House (approx. 5.1 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fire of 1906 (approx. 5.4 miles away); J.L. Shinn Building (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottsville.
 
Also see . . .   Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on John Kirkbride Potts
Marker at the former Potts Inn, now the Potts Inn Museum. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 9, 2018
2. Marker at the former Potts Inn, now the Potts Inn Museum.
. (Submitted on July 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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