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MARION COUNTY AR
POST OFFICES
by Mysty McPherson (shakerag@mtnhome.com)
Ralph, AR

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The names, proposed names, local names, time periods, and locations of United States Post Offices can be far more important than one would imagine. A little known fact about post offices is that historically the vast majority weren't the big red brick buildings with waving American flags and huge macadam parking lots today seen everywhere. They were quietly tucked away in the front room of a farmhouse or a corner in a general store. They were usually at a crossroads or on a well-traveled dirt road. They were often an old house converted to post office use sitting next to a feed store or livery stable. Their names apparently followed no logical rules, seldom had any connection with anything in the immediate area, and could be most anything one could imagine.

Most counties throughout this country have lots and lots of little and not-so-little towns nestled within their boundaries. Most can be found easily in an atlas or on a map. Not so in Marion County. Research here can often be frustrating and confusing because there are so few towns and because those we have are so widely scattered.

Marion County is made up of homes, stores, and communities - seldom towns. A community often grew around a post office in a home or store. A town often grew around a community with a post office. But not always. The historical evolution of population centers, transportation facilities, and the vagaries of government policies have played their parts too. Some post offices grew out of boom times and disappeared when the boom died. Some were closed down for lack of customers. One or more small ones were consolidated at a more central location.

Old timers and old tales speak of places visited, family homeplaces, where schools or stores were, where historical or amusing or annual events occurred. But where were these places? They're not noted on most maps, especially not today's maps. Political subdivisions (townships) are of little help. Sometimes a researcher can get a general idea from the names of creeks or mountains or hollows. And place names often change for one reason or another - or for no apparent reason at all. What one person knows as Powell, another person knows as Pyatt. What one person knows as Newton Flat, another person knows as Bull Shoals.

The history of post offices and where they were is a very valuable research tool in Marion County. Many, but by no means all, communities and centers of activity at any given time can be located by finding a post office and its name and its time period.

My thanks to Russell P. Baker of the Arkansas History Commission for leading me to microfilm records and for his most valuable book "From Memdag to Norsk; A Historical Dictionary of Arkansas Post Offices 1832-1971."

Note From Linda: Unfamiliar with the legal descriptions found in the Location column below? Take a minute to read Public Domain Survey. By using the legal descriptions Mysty has included in her information it is possible to pin-point a location on today's maps.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Name

Dates

Location

Notes

A   Top of Page

Adams

1907-1910

NW 1/4 Sec 25 T18N R17W

Names for Emma Adams, Bruno Postmaster. Was to be named Lynn

B   Top of Page

Ball

1881-1881

NW 1/4 Sec 36 T20N R16W

John H. Pangle proposed postmaster

Bend

1907-1910

SE 1/4 Sec 4 T21N R17W

A. Brown proposed postmaster. Proposed by C.W. Milum Pell Postmaster

Bendona

1924-1931

NW 1/4 Sec 9 T21N R17W

 

Big Pond

1858-1879

Sec 25 T19N R13W

Removed to Baxter Co 1873

Brodie

1910-1911

NW 1/4 Sec 26 T18N R16W

J.B. Melton proposed postmaster. Was to be named Melton

Bruno

1885-

SW 1/4 Sec 9 T17N R17W
Moved 1887 to
SW 14/ Sec 3 T17N R17W

Ezekiel Adkins, proposed postmaster.

Buffalo City

 

See Strecher City

 

Buffalo City

 

See Toney

 

Buffalo City

1848-1896

SW 1/4 Sec 27 T18N R14W

E.B. Turnstall porposed postmaster

Bull Shoals

1949-

 

 

Burnes' Store

 

see Freck

 

C   Top of Page

Cedar Creek

 

See Teagarden

 

Chigger Hill

 

See Mount Perrian

 

Claffern

1916-1917

NW1/4 Sec 11 T17N R15W

Was to be named Coe

Clear Creek

 

See Powell

 

Clear Creek

1855-1888

Sec 7 T17N R18W

Removed to Boone Co 1869. Removed to Marion Co 1883

Coe

 

See Claffern

 

Comal

1906-1918

SE1/2 Sec 34 T19N R17W

Augustus G Pierce, proposed postmaster

Cowan

1900-1904

SE1/4 Sec 26 T18N R16W

King Doshier, proposed postmaster

D   Top of Page

Denby

1898-1898

 

 

DeSoto Springs

 

See Mull

 

Dillard

 

See Silver Run

 

Dodd City

 

See Doddsville

 

Doddsville

1872-1931

W1/2 Sec 4 T19N R17W

Named for Hiempsal S. Dodd, postmaster. Changed to Dodd City 1888

Dubuque

 

See Worth

 

Dugger

1907-1918

SW1/4 Sec 14 T17N R18W

M.E. Taylor proposed postmaster

Duluth

1895-1897

N1/2 SW1/4 Sec 36 T21N R17W

 

E   Top of Page

Edwards

 

See Stone

 

Eros

1880-1928

NW1/4 Sec 36 T18N R18W
Moved 1893 to
NW1/4 Sec 25 T18N R18W

Was to be named Sweet Water. Moved 1893 and was to be named Prairie House

Eudora

 

See Powell

 

Exter

1888-1954

Sec 10 T17N R15W

Changed 1890 to Rush Creek

F   Top of Page

Fears

1908-1915

N1/2 Sec 34 T21N R15W

Named after John M. Fears postmaster. Was to be named Grunsky. In the community locally called Hill Top.

Flippin

 

See Georges Creek

 

Flippin

1882-

NW1/4 Sec 17 T19N R15W

Was to be named Jackson City

Freck

1906-1953

Sec19 T17N R16W

Locally called Burnes' Store

G   Top of Page

Georges Creek

1878-1905

SW1/2 N1/2 Sec 35 T19N R17W

Named changed from Flippin 1879

Gould

 

See Summit

 

Grunksy

 

See Fears

 

H   Top of Page

Hampton Valley

1878-1880

SW1/4 Sec 3 T17N R17W

 

Helva

1917-1918

NE1/4 NW1/4 Sec 26 T17N R15W

At Camp Helva

Hempsey

1891-1926

SW1/4 Sec 34 T17N R14W

At Adam's Mill

Hazel

 

See Jacfontan

 

J   Top of Page

Jackson City

 

See Flippin

 

Johnson

1836-1847

Sec 20 T19N R15W

 

K   Top of Page

Keystone

1904-1911

NW1/4 Sec 13 T17N R15W

At Silver Hollow

Kingdon Springs

1902-1933

SE1/2 Sec 34 T20N R16W

New mining camp

Lead Hill

1857-

Sec 4 T20N R18W

Removed to Boone Co 1879

Lion Hill

1895-1902

SE1/4 Sec 20 T18N R14W

 

Lynn

 

See Adams

 

M   Top of Page

Maryhattiana

1899-1902

Center sec 7 T17N R15W

 

McBee Landing

1887-1906

NE1/4 Sec 23 T19N R15W

Names for William C. McBee postmaster

McCarthy

 

See Mull

 

Melton

 

See Brodie

 

Monarch

1887-1955

NW1/4 NE1/4 Sec 24 T20N R18W

Was to be named Whitley

Mount Perrian

1921-1926

NW1/4 Sec 30 T21N R17W

Was to be named Chiggar Hill

Mountain Home

1861-

Sec 9 T19N R13W

Remoed to Baxter Co 1873

Mull

1919-1954

SW1/4 SE1/4 Sec 29 T17N R15W
1920 moved to
NE1/4 Sec 20 T17N R15W
1927 moved to
NE1/4 Sec 31 T17N R15W

At the Bell Mine. Was to be named McCarty. Moved 1920. Locally called DeSoto Springs. Moved again in 1927

N   Top of Page

Nod City

 

See Pyatt

 

Noe's

1880-

Sec 20 T21N R15W
1886 Moved to
Sec 6 T20N R15W

Changed to Oakland 1886.

Noe's Ferry

1875-1879

Sec 18 T20N R15W

Locally called Pierson

O   Top of Page

Oakland

 

See Noe's

 

Oatesland

1878-878

 

 

Olney

1872-1873

Sec 23 T20N R14W

Removed to Baxter Co 1873. Returned to Marion Co. 1873

Onset

1884-1914

NW1/2 Sec 11 T18N R15W
Moved 1910 to
NE1/4 Sec 16 T18N R15W

Was to be named Reas.

Onwata

1916-1918

NE1/4 SE1/4 Sec 30 T20N R16W

 

P   Top of Page

Peel

1885-

NW1/4 Sec 34 T21N R17W

 

Pierson

 

See Noe's Ferry

 

Powell

1888-

Sec 13 T18N R18W

Changed 1888 from Clear Creek in Boone Co. Changed 1904 to Pyatt. Was to be named Nod City or Eudora.

Prairie House

 

See Eros

 

Pyleville

1880-1880

Sec 25 T18N R17W

Named for S.G. Pyle postmaster

R   Top of Page

Ralph

1894-1925

SE1/4 Sec 33 T18N R16W

 

Rea Valley

1912-1953

NW1/4 NE1/4 Sec 11 T18N R15W

 

Reas

 

See Onset

 

Rogers Flat

 

See Verona

 

Rolling Prairie

1843-1871

Sec 31 T18N R18W

Moved 1867 to Carroll Co. Removed 1869 to Boone Co. Locally called Double Springs and Valley Springs

Rosslow

1880-1882

NW1/2 SW1/4 Sec 2 T17N R17W

 

Rush

1886-1888

SE1/4 Sec 36 T18N R16W

 

Rush Creek

 

See Exter

 

S   Top of Page

Salgado

1900-1911

NE1/4 Sec 31 T17N R14W

At Ingraham

Sherman

1870-1871

NW1/2 Sec 11 T19N R15W

"It's the seat of justice just made so"

Silver Run

1916-1917

SE1/4 Sec 30 T17N R15W

Was to be named Dillard

Speirston

1917-1917

 

Named for Albert C Speirs postmaster

Stecher City

 

See Toney

 

Stewartstown

1875-1876

SW1/4 Sec 25 T20N R16W

 

Stone

1884-1913

SE1/4 Sec 3 T20N R16W

Was to be named Edwards

Sugar Loaf Mills

1872-1872

NW1/4 Sec 29 T20N R17W

 

Summit

1905-

NW1/4 Sec 33 T19N F16W

Was to be named Gould

Sylva

1883-1911

NW1/4 Sec 20 T17N R15W

 

T   Top of Page

Teagarden

1916-1916

NW1/4 Sec 7 T17N R14W

Was to be named Cedar Creek

Tolberts Ferry

1860-1866

 

 

Toney

1884-

Sec 27 T18N R14W

Was to be named Stecher city. Named for Lorenzo D Toney postmaster. Changed 1893 to Buffalo City

Turkey

1912-1953

SE1/4 Sec 34 T18N R17W

 

V   Top of Page

Verona

1912-1951

SE1/4 Sec 19 T17N R17W

Was to be named Rogers Flat

W   Top of Page

Water Creek

1871-1878

NW1/4 Sec 17 T17N R16W

Removed from Searcy Co 1874

Ware's Chapel

 

Sec 33 T18N R15W

 

Whiteville

1858-1879

Sec 27 T19N F14W

Removed to Baxter co 1873

Wooley

1880-1880

 

 

Worth

1848-

Sec 22 T21N R18W

Changed to Dubuque 1854

Y   Top of Page

Yellville

1831-

Sec 4 T18N R16W

Removed from Searcy Co 1836

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