Date Original



This collection contains a right of way for the Arkansas and Oklahoma Railway dated May 1899 that secured the right of way from Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas to South West City, McDon­ald County, Missouri.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas and Oklahoma Western Railroad (A&OW), based in Rogers (Benton County), was incorporated on June 25, 1907.Previously named the Rogers Southwestern, had twenty-one miles of track built between Rogers and Springtown (Benton County) by the Rogers Southwestern Railroad. The change in the corporate name reflected an intention to build to Siloam Springs (Benton County), as a connection to the Kansas City Southern Railway, and Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, as a connection to the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway. The A&OW also announced plans for a thirty-mile extension from Rogers to the health resort of Eureka Springs (Carroll County). The A&OW, assuming it had been built as planned, would have been 125 miles long. Rogers banker William R. Felker was the principal financial backer of the Rogers Southwestern and successor A&OW. The railroad served an apple-growing district located between Lowell (Benton County) and Highfill (Benton County), the railroad called itself “The Fruit Belt Line.”

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Missouri; Oklahoma





Resource Type



Arkansas and Oklahoma Railway right of way agreement, SMC.041.028


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas and Oklahoma Railway right of way agreement, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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