These twin pillars on the bank of the Black River are all that remains of the Powhatan suspension bridge which spanned the river at one time. The bridge was 382-feet long and high enough to escape floodwaters when the river overflowed. It was built in 1926 by Harry Bovay and saw service for a quarter of a century. When the suspension bridge was...more
Built of logs Circa. 1933, the Ficklin-Imboden House is the oldest standing building in Lawrence County. It is said to be "a fine example blending of the 'Tidwater South' and 'Midland' building syles. Visitors may tour the house, which is complete with period furnishings. There is a detatched kitchen to the rear of the house. It offers a glimpse...more
A series of several stair steps leads down the rocky hill upon which the Powhatan Courthouse stands to Powhatan's original town site. It sits in the river bottom where the ferry crossing and busy river traffic once kept the city a beehive of acitvity. Only two buildings remain of the many (both commercial and residential) which comprised the town...more
The Powhatan Male and Female Academy, on a hill just east of the Post Office, was estabished in 1854 and the current structure built in 1890. With the demise of the town, the academy fell into disuse. It was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1974 and in 2001 the building was restored, with some of its original furnishings, as a...more
It is amazing to realize that in the 1800s this tiny out-of-the-way village was the chief trading center and shipping point for a large territory. Lawrence County, called the mother of counties, originally covered most of the northern half of the state of Arkansas - a territory which has since been sub-divided into 32 different counties. The town...more
Across a handicapped parking pad from the Powhatan Telephone Exchange building you will find what is left of an old well. This single hand-dug well, on main street in the business district of the town, once served as the only source of potable water for the town of Powhatan. It is believed that the well may also have been the source of infectious...more
In the old Powhatan town site, between the Ficklin-Imboden House and the Telephone Exchange Building, is the site of the Old Plank Road.In 1803, when this area was a part of the Louisiana Purchase, the only roads were unpaved trails which sometimes became impassable mudholes. At this site, the Old Plank Road was built in 1853 as the first improved...more
The only commercial building which survives in the original Powhatan town site is the Telephone Exchange Building. It is a Victorian Panel Brick structure, built in 1887, and located in what was once the center of the thriving riverport town.In the late 1800s the building was the nerve center for telephone service - a new technology at the time -...more
A paved walkway from the Powhatan Courthouse leads a short distance downhill to the old jail. The jail was built of native limestone in 1873, shortly after construction of the first courthouse. The jail became obsolete and was abandoned in the 1940s. For a period of time the building was used as a canning kitchen. The jail was named to the National...more
I don't know whether this is a "local" custom or not. However, it is my personal custom to send a postcard to Karen from any interesting place I might visit when I am on a trip without her. I bought a postcard in the gift shop at the Powhatan Court House and walked up the road a block to this post office where I mailed it to my beautiful wife.
The Powhatan post office is so small that they did not even have any 24-cent stamps for the postcard, so I settled for two 10-cent stamps and two 3-cent stamps. It cost me an extra two pennies that way - but what to do?
Whenever I mail a card from a post office such as this I personally hand it to the clerk and ask for a "local" postmark. Otherwise, it will be tossed into a bag and sent to some big city to be sorted and postmarked there. But if you're mailing from Powhatan, don't settle for a Little Rock postmark.
Rivers were the first highways in America, and the Powhatan townsite was originally chosen because of its favorable location along the Black River.The Black River and I have something in common. We both can trace our beginnings to St. Francois County, Missouri. I was born there in 1945, but the Black River goes back much further in time.From the...more
On a rocky outcrop in front of the Powhatan Courthouse is this simple monument which was erected in 1936 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the state of Arkansas. When Lawrence County was established in 1815 it was one of only two counties in the entire territory of Arkansas. The county predates the establishment of the state itself by 21...more
I had to walk past the Powhatan United Methodist Church on my way from the State Park to the Post Office. The church was established in 1850 and the current structure was built in 1874. It was interesting to walk around the old church and to learn that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I also took note of the fact that the...more