This blog is a very casual history of a little town and some of its inhabitants that once thrived in the Ouachita Mountains of Polk County, Arkansas.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Downtown Big Fork
This view is looking northwest at what used to be part of downtown Big Fork. The house across the highway in the middle of the photo used to belong to Wash and Susanne Dilbeck. They also had a store in this location. Behind the house was a community spring where anyone could get a drink. At this popular spring, a young man named Washington Himer Smith handed the dipper to Sarah Jane Bates. They got married later on and one of their daughters, Nancy Smith, married Aaron "Boss" Dilbeck, son of Wash and Susanne Dilbeck. Also a little ways farther behind the house is the Big Fork Creek.
Photo was taken by Prof. & Geologist Samuel Calvin from the University of Iowa. Click on the photo to visit a gallery of his other photos and more information. Prof. Calvin also took photos of various rock formations east of Mena, Arkansas