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Web of Enterprise

 
 
Web of Enterprise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 9, 2018
1. Web of Enterprise Marker
Inscription.  
John Drennen made profitable choices during his diverse professional life as merchant, bank trustee, plantation owner, and Indian agent.

He linked his future to the fledgling town of Van Buren, and built his family home here, overlooking the Arkansas River and the site of the ferry he operated.

The railroad bridge below survives as a physical reminder of Drennen's web of enterprises and his vision for the future. It rests on property he owned and formed an important link in the Fort Smith and Little Rock Railroad, a company he founded. Completed 30 years after his death (1885), the bridge awaited the end of the Civil War and reconstruction before joining the expanding network of rails that transformed American commerce.

Photo captions Left side: Over 100 years ago, a steam train (ca. 1900) passes below where you are standing, testifying to the importance of John Drennen's Fort Smith and Little Rock Railroad.

Right top: Railroad bridge construction, 1885. Taken from the Fort Smith side of the river opposite Van Buren, this photo shows the construction of the
Web of Enterprise Marker on left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 9, 2018
2. Web of Enterprise Marker on left.
railroad bridge, the Drennen-Scott Estate (upper left white fenced area) and the Crawford County Court House (lower right near the top of the stone pier).

Right bottom: Railroad Bridge taken from front yard of house. ca. 1900. Taken from almost the same perspective as this wayside exhibit, this photo shows the completed railroad bridge ca. 1900. The same white fence shown in the photo above is visible in the foreground.

 
Erected by University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
 
Location. 35° 26.146′ N, 94° 21.584′ W. Marker is in Van Buren, Arkansas, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from North 3rd Street 0.1 miles south of Knox Street, on the right when traveling south. Located on the grounds of the Drennen Scott House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 North 3rd Street, Van Buren AR 72956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Overlooking His Domain (here, next to this marker); Van Buren Raid (a few steps from this marker); Gone but not forgotten (a few steps from this marker); CSI: Van Buren (within shouting distance of this marker); The Butterfield Stage Route (approx. mile away); Albert Pike School House
Railroad tracks can be seen below, portion of bridge below lower curved tree limb on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 9, 2018
3. Railroad tracks can be seen below, portion of bridge below lower curved tree limb on right.
(approx. mile away); First Three U.S. Deaths in WWI (approx. mile away); Crawford County Vietnam Memorial (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Buren.
 
Also see . . .  UAFS Drennen Scott House. (Submitted on July 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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