“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gravette in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad


Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, November 7, 2020
1. Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad Marker
Inscription.  The Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad, owned by John Bayless and William Felker, was the train route west from Bentonville to Gravette from 1898 to 1900. Besides transporting passengers, this route played a major role in the growth of the Ozark fruit industry, particularly apples, by providing shipment to markets across the country. In November 1900, the line was sold to the Frisco Railway and the route extended from Gravette to Grove, Oklahoma (then Indian Territory) and renamed the Bentonville Branch. This branch line included stops at nine depots, as well as the Rogers mainline depot. The line also crossed the tracks of the Kansas City Southern (originally known at the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf) in Gravette.
Erected by Arkansas Heritage. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 36° 25.263′ N, 94° 26.995′ W. Marker is in Gravette, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on 4th
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Avenue Southeast just south of Atlanta Street Southeast (State Highway 72), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Atlanta St SE, Gravette AR 72736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose #383 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Jackson / Confederate Dead (approx. 3.2 miles away); Georgia Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); What Mean These Stones? (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sulphur Springs Park Reserve (approx. 4.2 miles away); Camp Walker (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Battle of Maysville (approx. 8.6 miles away); Fort Wayne (approx. 9.9 miles away in Oklahoma). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gravette.
Remnants of the railway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, November 7, 2020
2. Remnants of the railway
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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