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

When The Beatles Came to Town

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Photographed By Thomas Smith, April 5, 2021
1. When The Beatles Came to Town Marker
Inscription.  Newell Mock had a love for photography and a camera always at the ready. He captured these black and white images on September 20, 1964 as the Beatles returned to Walnut Ridge Airport from their weekend vacation at Pigman's Ranch in Missouri. John Lennon is pictured in the two photos directly above. In the photo at right, Ringo Starr proceeds through the crowd, followed by John.

Pete Snapp of Walnut Ridge was on hand with his family, and his Brownie Instamatic camera. From the top photo down, he captured color images of Paul McCartney putting on his coat, George Harrison getting out of the red GMC Suburban and Ringo Starr walking to the plane.

Harry T. Moore, now an attorney in Paragould, was one of the lucky teens who got to see the Beatles when they came to Walnut Ridge. He wrote the story for the Times-Dispatch.

After boarding the airplane, the Beatles took time to sign a few autographs. This is one of two records autographed by all four members of the band. This particular album was autographed for Kathy (Stewart) Hall, who was the youngest daughter of Walnut Ridge Mayor Buddy Stewart.

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before and after their stop at Walnut Ridge. They performed in Dallas on Friday, Sept. 18, before flying here, and departed on Sunday, Sept. 20, to finish their American tour with a show in New York.

The Polar Freeze restaurant as it looked in 1964. Owner Jack Allison, a former Air Force pilot, knew when he heard a large airliner on its approach to Walnut Ridge Airport that something very unusual was afoot.

He dispatched three teenagers to the airport to find out what was up, and that's how it was discovered that The Beatles were in Walnut Ridge!
Erected by Rock N' Roll Highway 67.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the The Beatles series list.
Location. 36° 4.132′ N, 90° 57.437′ W. Marker is in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Southwest 2nd Street, 0.1 miles south of West Main Street (U.S. 412), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 SW 2nd St, Walnut Ridge AR 72476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washboard Sam (here, next to this marker); Beatles Park (here, next to this marker); The Legacy of John A. Rhea (within

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Photographed By Thomas Smith, April 5, 2021
2. When The Beatles Came to Town Marker
shouting distance of this marker); We the residents of Lawrence Co. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (about 600 feet away); Valor (about 600 feet away); Sonny Burgess (about 600 feet away); Conway Twitty (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Ridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 26, 2023