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Kingsland in Cleveland County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Johnny Cash Returns

 
 
Johnny Cash Returns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 5, 2021
1. Johnny Cash Returns Marker
Inscription.  Johnny Cash moved with his parents and siblings from Kingsland to Dyess, Arkansas in 1935 when he was three years old. Johnny would often return to the Kingsland area to visit or stay the night with his Cash and Rivers relatives during his youth and early in his career. On one such trip through Kingsland, Johnny and his friend Elvis Presley stayed the night with his Rivers kin who treated them to biscuits for the road. In 1959, Johnny returned for a fishing trip to the area accompanied by his friend, singer Johnny Horton. While here, well-known photos of the two men were taken in front of the old Kingsland Post Office near this place.

At the height of his career, Johnny returned to Kingsland as part of the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration in Cleveland County, Then- Governor David Pryor also proclaimed the day as Johnny Cash Day in Arkansas. Following the events at Kingsland, he rode the train to Rison on the Cotton Belt Railroad Line, His final visit occurred March 1994 to dedicate the new Kingsland Post Office. Several thousand attended the day's events that included a visit to the Kingsland School

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and a special concert. At the end of the concert, he thanked the crowd for attending, telling them “this has probably been the best day of my life."
 
Erected 2021 by Kickstart Kingsland. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1994.
 
Location. 33° 51.534′ N, 92° 17.8′ W. Marker is in Kingsland, Arkansas, in Cleveland County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street (Arkansas Route 189) and Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west on 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingsland AR 71652, 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. Johnny Cash Birthplace (approx. 3.8 miles away); Shelby's Approach (approx. 5.7 miles away); Cleveland County Battle of Mark's Mill (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Battle Had Begun! (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Battle at Marks' Mill (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Union Wagon Train Leaves Camden (approx. 5.8 miles away); Witnesses to War (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Battle of Marks' Mill (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Johnny Cash Returns Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 5, 2021
2. Johnny Cash Returns Marker (reverse)
Johnny Cash Returns Marker near the former Post Office. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 5, 2021
3. Johnny Cash Returns Marker near the former Post Office.
Nearby Johnny Cash Birthplace Monument plaque. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 5, 2021
4. Nearby Johnny Cash Birthplace Monument plaque.
Johnny Cash Birthplace Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 5, 2021
5. Johnny Cash Birthplace Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 609 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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