Artifact of the Week — October 15, 2020

Posted by on October 15, 2020
The town center of Floral, Arkansas in the early 1900s
The town center of Floral, Arkansas in the early 1900s

The town center of Floral, Arkansas in the early 1900s. Many men stand looking up to where the photographer stood.  The building on the left is Luther Gilbert’s store. The store in the upper middle was owned by Bird and Claude Brown. The Floral post office opened in 1879 with Joel Mark Jeffrey appointed the first postmaster. Before the post office was established, there were the small communities of Cedar Grove, Pine Grove, Starnes Spring, and Union between Pleasant Plains and Banner in Cleburne County, AR. Banner was in Independence County until 1883 when Cleburne County was formed. Nearby in White County were Davenport and Tyler, which no longer exist. The community of Alonzo sprang up near Floral with its own post office between 1899 and 1918. Floral is believed to have received its name from the beautiful flowers that grew in the area, but may have been named for a Floral family who lived there (according to Mark Biram).

Kenneth Rorie gave permission for the museum to print a copy of this photograph which he had posted on the internet from the Bonnie Frazier Collection via Tom and Sandy Grady.

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