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The office of county coroner has been filled since the creation of Newton County in 1842. The early coroners were not physicians, but rather men of good character and common sense. The first coroner … more
Just after Newton County was created, Barnett "Barney" Cheatham was contracted to construct a road from the east prong of Big Creek near Mount Judea to Moccasin Gap in Pope County. The road went from … more
By 1860, Jasper had grown enough that the area around the county seat became its own township rather than part of Jackson Township. Eighty people were enumerated, and, as befits the importance of the … more
LITTLE ROCK – Several Arkansas properties have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The National Register of Historic Places is a popular project of the … more
A group of Harrison businessmen started the project, and construction began in 1967. The first tours began the next year. People parked in a lot and were driven by bus to the village, where they were … more
In 1903, Waldo Conard was searching for lead deposits along the Buffalo River. Instead, he found Conard Fissure, a site that yielded thousands of bones, including twenty new animal species. These … more
Cob Cove was a hidden gem of natural beauty that was discovered by conservationists who sought to have it preserved as a state park as early as 1945. These early efforts were unsuccessful. Then Ken … more
Lurton was home to the I C Sutton Handle Factory in the 1940s. At the time, it was one of the largest handle factories in the world. In 1943, Mr. Sutton purchased 1,000 acres of timber near the Cave … more
The Arkansas Gazette reported Sept. 21, 1946, about a new political party being organized in Newton County by veterans of World War I and World War II. They held a mass meeting in Jasper announcing … more
In early March, 1912, Judge W W Moore stepped out of his farmhouse located in the bottoms of the Little Buffalo River near Jasper. He was out clearing up his fence line when he noticed a farm woman … more
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), is now accepting grant applications for the Small Museum Grants Program, which … more
LITTLE ROCK — Community-based non-profit groups and others interested in supporting the mission of Arkansas Heritage are encouraged to apply for Arkansas Heritage Grants. Arkansas Heritage is a … more
The Arkansas Gazette (28 Jul 1940) reported that Dr. W. A. Hamilton, of Booneville, was working an old mine in Limestone and had discovered small quantities of gold and quicksilver there. He had … more
In early December, 1900, the Villines and Carlton general store in Boxley was robbed. Two strangers entered the store around 5 p.m., but they weren't there to purchase goods. They pretended to browse … more
In April 1940, the Arkansas Gazette reported on the "log cabin library" at Mount Sherman. It was in the home of James T Richmond, who said "No doubt you have heard of Wilderness Library, which … more
The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is slated to add six new members to its ranks this year. Inductees include the late Dr. George Berger, who served as dean of the Arkansas State University … more
The Arkansas Gazette printed an article April 3, 1931, giving a snapshot of what life was like in Newton County in 1930. In that year, the county had 1,864 farms with a total of 190,919 acres. The … more
Marble Bonanza--mountains of it found in Newton County! This was the headline of an article printed in the Daily Arkansas Gazette Sept. 28, 1881. The vein of marble was located around the property of … more
In June, 1870, County Clerk A. C. Phillips addressed the Newton County Teacher's Institute, saying "Jasper is a prosperous town with four stores, two attorneys, a physician, a clergyman, and a … more
For about 21 years I was a Kansan - sunflowers and sports, wheat and family. The roads there went fairly straight, was and west, north and south. There just weren't many switchback. But... On Labor … more
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