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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rush, Arkansas
Location of Rush, Arkansas
► Marion County (17) ► Baxter County (7) ► Boone County (16) ► Searcy County (5) ► Ozark County, Missouri (2) ► Taney County, Missouri (2)
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Not an ounce of ore will be lost if there
is a machiner to save it.
George Chase, first Morning Star Mining Company
The processing mill for the Morning Star Mine sat
on these foundation . . . — — Map (db m161931) HM
Standing here, let yourself imagine the roar of a blacksmith's
forge the hiss of a bellows, and the clang of metal striking metal.
the blacksmith was an essential cog in the Morning Star Mine's
operation. He kept the company's ore wagons ready . . . — — Map (db m161935) HM|
The trail back to the parking lot crosses old mining
waste rock now covered with plants and trees. An
old Morning Star mill smokestack, like the one in
this 1915 photograph, lies on the ground nearby.
With the close of the mine and mill in . . . — — Map (db m161930) HM|
The Chase and Mulholland Store and the Morning Star
Mine Office stood on the foundations in front of you.
George Chase was the company's first manager, and
C. A. Mulholland was the store's manager. Chase built
the store as a commissary. All . . . — — Map (db m161933) HM|
You might have to stretch your imagination to see it, but you
are standing in the midst of what was once the Morning Star
Mining Company's village. Some clues to domestic living
are growing around you-lilacs, quince, and daffodils.
The . . . — — Map (db m161938) HM|
The livery barn shown below stood on the site in front of you. Working horses and mules required shoeing, harnessing, and grooming, thus the barn was one of the first buildings built by the Morning Star Mining Company. The animals were essential . . . — — Map (db m161926) HM|
My daddy…was almost killed…in the mines.
It caved in and they heard gravel and felt it hitting their hats. They started running, well it did kill one man. It caught him. He almost got out, but he didn't. But the rest of them got . . . — — Map (db m161932) HM
The Ghost Town of Rush stands as mute testimony to the activities of a bygone era. Zinc carbonate ore was discovered in this valley in the late 1880's and the "rush" was on. Soon the hillsides were dotted with-mines sprouting colorful names such . . . — — Map (db m161923) HM|
Rush—and other Buffalo River valleys—
is a story of the progression human
occupation. In the hills and hollows around
you is buried evidence of centuries of use.
Ancient Indians once walked these banks
and hills, leaving . . . — — Map (db m161940) HM|
Rich zinc ore discovered in this valley brought hundreds of
people here in hopes of fortune. During the late 1800s and early
1900s miners worked in 15 different mines, composing the Rush
Mining District. In its heyday more than 2,000 men, . . . — — Map (db m161928) HM|
Encouraged by a faulty assay report, the
Morning Star claimholders built a smelter in
1886 to test for silver. Alas, the test showed
only zinc. The smelter remained standing, a
symbol of the early mining period.
The Morning . . . — — Map (db m161939) HM|
At the site that would later be called the Morning Star Mine,
prospectors John Wolfer, Bob Setzer, and J, H. McCabe
thought they had found silver-bearing ore, when, in fact,
they had discovered zine, They built this smelter in 1886
to extract . . . — — Map (db m161927) HM|
Across Rush Creek, in front of you, are the remains of houses and shops once owned by the Morning Star. Many families lived there over the years, some until the late 1960s. The building nearest you was the Taylor-Medley Store-started by Bill . . . — — Map (db m161937) HM|