Rush in Marion County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Rush Mining District
Buffalo National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Rich zinc ore discovered in this valley brought hundreds of people here in hopes of fortune. During the late 1800s and early 1900s miners worked in 15 different mines, composing the Rush Mining District. In its heyday more than 2,000 men, women, and children crowded the Rush area, living in tents, shacks, boarding houses, and hotels. Beneath the whir and clang of the mines and mills communities slept, ate, toiled, and played, Their population sizes ebbed and flowed with the price of zinc.
With the onset of World War I in 1914, the demand for zinc munitions products-bronze and brass shell casings-tripled the value of zinc. But as the war ended so did the boom. A zinc glut folded Rush's operations as quickly as they had started. Although mining continued here on a smaller scale for several more years, the Rush mining boom had played out.
The easy 0.2-mile Morning Star Mine Interpretive Loop Trail, accented with exhibits, is an excellent primer to Rush's prosperous mining past. The strenuous 4-mile, round-trip Rush Mountain Trail passes several once-active mining sites, now closed for safety.
A dozen mining towns…have sprung into existence....Steam-drills have been hauled over the mountains to all parts of the district....There are few who are not interested in claims. They call it "min-ral"…Where two or three citizens are gathered one…it is sure to produce a piece of ore.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources.
Location. 36° 7.883′ N, 92° 34.083′ W. Marker is in Rush, Arkansas, in Marion County. Marker is on County Road 6035 0.2 miles east of County Road 637, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rush, Arkansas 57174, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rush Historic Mining District (here, next to this marker); Rush, The Town That Zinc Built (within shouting distance of this marker); Change and Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Tons A Day (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mining Turkey Fat and Rosin Jack (about 400 feet away); Four-footed Link (about 400 feet away); Silver-lined Dreams (about 400 feet away); Company Village (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rush.
Also see . . . Rush (Ghost Town). (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.