Creator

Date Original

1876

Description

This collection contains one pamphlet which has six blank pages for someone to record their observations and seven pages of testimonials about Arkansas land and natural resources. This centennial dairy endorses the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway of Arkansas, who had an exhibit at the Arkansas building with specimens of timber, coal, iron, and other minerals. This promotional pamphlet was issued by W.D. Slack, Land Commissioner of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway of Arkansas built a freight yard and depot in North Little Rock, in what was called Argenta in 1869. By 1874, the railway was under new management, and with an influx of German immigrants to Arkansas, the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway was able to lay track across the state. The immigrants settled on land grants that had been awarded to the railway company and to towns that were located along the railway tracks. W.D. Slack, Land Commissioner of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway, courted the German immigrant community. He made deals with the monks of St. Meinrad Abby in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and with the Sisters of Immaculate Conception Convent of Ferdinand, Indiana, to place monasteries in Logan County, Arkansas, in order to attract German and Irish Catholics to the area. This centennial diary endorses the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway of Arkansas, who exhibited specimens of timber, coal, iron, and other minerals at the Arkansas Building. This promotional pamphlet was issued by W.D. Slack, Land Commissioner of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway, in order to attract railway works.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.0174.0013

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Arkansas Centennial diary, SMC.0174.0012

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Centennial diary, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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