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Rush in Marion County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Company Village

Buffalo National River

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Company Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
1. Company Village Marker
Inscription.  
You might have to stretch your imagination to see it, but you are standing in the midst of what was once the Morning Star Mining Company's village. Some clues to domestic living are growing around you-lilacs, quince, and daffodils. The company owned all the buildings shown in this 1901 photograph (below right). During the 1914-1918 mining boom the scene was even more developed. Hundreds of men, Mine women, and children lived here then. Tent homes, makeshift houses, offices, stores, a post office, a courthouse, and a newly enlarged mill filled the community.

Up the hill and to the right of the smelter, lived the mining engineer and his family. Directly behind you stood the Morning Star Hotel, which boarded miners and travelers. Connected with it was the home of the company's general manager. And nearby stood the company doctor's house.

[Captions:]
During the mining boom the number of miners far exceeded the available housing. Families were forced to make do, living in canvas tents on wooden platforms-primitive, but home.

Built about 1900 the Morning Star Hotel
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served travelers and miners until it burned in 1947. Ware Laffoon recalled dancing there, "Yes-sir-ee, been square dancing over here in that old [Morning Star] hotel… It had kind of a "T” on the back where the eating purposes and things was. It had a big, long front. It was a pretty good size house."

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
 
Location. 36° 7.9′ N, 92° 34.167′ W. Marker is in Rush, Arkansas, in Marion County. Marker is on County Road 6035, 0.2 miles east of County Highway 637, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flippin AR 72634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town Hub (within shouting distance of this marker); Four-footed Link (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver-lined Dreams (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Turkey Fat and Rosin Jack (within shouting distance of this marker); Company Store and Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Break It, Remake It (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Tons A Day
Company Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, April 6, 2019
2. Company Village Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Rush, The Town That Zinc Built (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rush.
 
Also see . . .  Rush (Ghost Town). (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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