Ponca in Newton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Beaver Jim Villines
óBuﬀalo National River ó
Settling Along the Buffalo
Abraham Villines and his children were among the earliest pioneer families in the Buffalo River valley. Abrahamís 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.
This cabin was still inhabited in 1914 when two of Beaver Jim's grandchildren posed for this photograph.
James "Beaver Jim" Villines, circa 1920s
Location. 36° 1.134′ N, 93° 21.444′ W. Marker is in Ponca, Arkansas, in Newton County. Marker is on State Highway 43. Touch for map. This marker is in the Boxley Valley Historic District of the Buffalo National River. Marker is in this post office area: Ponca AR 72670, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles A Monarch Returns (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boxley Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away).
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