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    Wednesday
    Jul222015

    Out of 961 small cities that are the best for working parents, Bentonville ranks 5th - NerdWallet

    Bentonville is an excellent place for working parents, as this survey by the website NerdWallet attests:

     http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/best-small-cities-for-working-parents-2015/

    Yes it is...

    Wednesday
    Jul222015

    Washington Post Takes Notice of small town Bentonville

    The following article was in the Washington Post this week:

     http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/21/why-wal-mart-an-icon-of-suburbia-had-to-urbanize-its-hometown/

     

    I don't know that it is entirely accurate as I believe that the growth is more of an overall plan to bring the community up to a higher level and not a big plot by Wal-Mart to lure in workers, although that is a side benefit. It is no doubt that the Walton family has improved the city.

    Wednesday
    Jun242015

    Bentonville - Hipster Headquarters!

    Yahoo travel has named Bentonville as one of the top cities for Hipsters! - From Yahoo

     "It seems the fate of unassuming, small-town Bentonville was to be a hub for art and culture. After the opening Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011, the stylish hotel-cum-museum 21C Museum Hotel opened in 2013, which helped fuel the art flame, and this year Bentonville inaugurates its first major film festival. It’s promising enough for hip locals to move into cheap pads and embrace the alternative, laid-back lifestyle. A major food revolution is on its way, too. Chef Matthew McClure of the Hive was a James Beard award semi-finalist last year and a new hospitality group Ropeswing is going to change the way locals eat with stylish new spots. Up first is Belfry, a contemporary restaurant opening this summer in a 111-year-old historic church."

    Look at us! We already knew that this was the laid back cool place to be, didn't we? I must admit, it's a little different than it was in the 60's and 70's. But who would have known?

    Bentonville is the best place to be and just wait - the best is still yet to come I am assured by many.

    Wednesday
    Jun242015

    Hot enough for ya'?

    As is typical in Arkansas summer, it's hot and humid. The rain we got last month that flooded us out may be wished for in the coming month or two.

    While you are at it, why not consider a house with a pool? 1307 NE 2nd is 3396 sqft with an extra lot and pool, and shop for $259,900...

    903 NW A is 439,900 and 2442 sqft with a huge lot, pool, and in addition to the house has two separate apartments with private entrances for a little income if you want, or for the kids or mother or whomever.

    give me a call and let's take a look and beat the heat 

    Monday
    Jun152015

    We need the Bentonville Interurban Back!

    This is one of my favorite photos:

    I wish we had it back...It would be a great way to travel from Rogers to Bentonville, plus be able to let people off at the various parts of town for visiting the sites. I believe the banner says "Come and Spend the day at Rogers. Car Stops at park."

    I have written on this blog before about the interurban. It only operated for a short time, from 1914 to 1916. There were some complaints, as the tracks left the main line around SW A at about 5th and ran down the center of the road all the way up to about NW 10th and Main. The wagon drivers were not happy about having to cross the tracks every time they wanted to go from east to west. The Park Springs Hotel had many rooms and also a few cabins for rent and was the premier picnic spot in Bentonville during that time period. Just east of the hotel was the old Blackjack ball park, and many a game was played there with folks coming in on the interurban from Rogers to watch. At the terminus of the line on A there was a roundhouse type apparatus to turn the train around and also a storage/maintenance shed. Henry Cavness, an old timer whose family has been prominent in the town, was the brakeman, and he reported that the car would be overloaded with passengers during the summer months headed down to the park for a picnic or a ballgame, or whatever happened to be going on in Bentonville that day.

    Just think - if it were still here, how helpful it would be to travel from Downtown to Crystal Bridges?