Date Original



This collection contains one town council ledger for Baring Cross, Arkansas, dated 1896 to 1903, which includes town council meeting minutes and information on the founding of the town.

Biographical/Historical Note

Baring Cross was a small town in Pulaski County located west of Pike Avenue in what is now North Little Rock. The town took its name from the Baring Cross Bridge, which was the first steel bridge to cross the Arkansas River in 1873. The Baring Cross Bridge was named after the Baring and Company bankers of the United Kingdom, who financed the construction of the bridge in 1872-1873. The town consisted mostly of middle-class railroad workers because of its proximity to other railroad maintenance facilities and because of its growth out of the development of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad Company. Many of its citizens worked for the Iron Mountain Railroad Company. In 1896 forty-four residents successfully petitioned for municipal incorporation. Baring Cross elected its first mayor, Mord Roberts, on the same day. In 1903, Baring Cross (then part of Argenta) was annexed by North Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Baring Cross, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Baring Cross [Pulaski County, Ark.] town council ledger, SMC.178.004


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Baring Cross [Pulaski County, Ark.] town council ledger, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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