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Bauxite in Saline County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bauxite, Arkansas

 
 
Bauxite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
1. Bauxite Marker
Inscription.  Following the discovery of extensive bauxite ore deposits in 1887, an ore drying plant was located here by The Pittsburg Reduction Co. In 1903 a small village was laid out to house the workers. This village which included a bank, hospital, theater and several churches and business houses, became a classic example of the “company-owned town”. During World War II the community reached a peak of 7000 people when ore from mines located near here supplied the nation with domestic aluminum which was critical in the production of arms.
 
Erected 1976 by Benton-Saline County Bicentennial Committee.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 34° 33.321′ N, 92° 30.617′ W. Marker is in Bauxite, Arkansas, in Saline County. Marker is at the intersection of Benton Street and School Street,
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By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
2. Bauxite Marker
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on the right when traveling east on Benton Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bauxite AR 72011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Hurricane Creek (approx. 2.4 miles away); George M. Holt / William Ayers Crawford (approx. 4 miles away); The Niloak Pottery (approx. 4.1 miles away); De Soto Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); Quapaws, Choctaws, and Chickasaws Passed Here (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saline County in the Civil War (approx. 4.4 miles away); Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in front of the former ALCOA community center, now the Bauxite Museum and is used as a rental hall.
 
Also see . . .  Bauxite (Saline County). From The Arkansas Encyclopedia of History & Culture. (Submitted on August 9, 2016.) 
 
The Former ALCOA Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
3. The Former ALCOA Community Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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