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Ponca in Newton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Beaver Jim Villines

Boyhood Home

— Buffalo National River —

 
 
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
1. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Inscription.  
Settling Along the Buffalo
Abraham Villines and his children were among the earliest pioneer families in the Buffalo River valley. Abraham’s grandson William built this log house in 1850 for his new bride, Rebecca. Four years later their son James was born here.

James Villines (1854-1948) was known as “Beaver Jim” for his renowned trapping ability. After his marriage in 1880, he moved from this home to his own farmstead across the Buffalo River.

In the mid-twentieth century, Villines family descendants used this house as a barn---with the chimney still attached. Today, the notched and hand-hewn logs recall the pioneers who carved their homes out of the Buffalo River wilderness.

Captions:
This cabin was still inhabited in 1914 when two of Beaver Jim's grandchildren posed for this photograph.

James "Beaver Jim" Villines, circa 1920s
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 36° 1.134′ N, 93° 21.444′ W. Marker is
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in Ponca, Arkansas, in Newton County. Marker is on State Highway 43. This marker is in the Boxley Valley Historic District of the Buffalo National River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ponca AR 72670, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Monarch Returns (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boxley Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Civil War in Newton County / Newton County Civil War Troops (approx. 9.6 miles away); Newton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.6 miles away); Newton County (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
2. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
3. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
4. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
5. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
6. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Buffalo National River
Beaver Jim Villines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
7. Beaver Jim Villines Marker
Buffalo National River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,382 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 11, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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