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Old 02-22-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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Mena, Polk County - First photo = the Kansas City Southern Railroad steam engine, with it's engineer, that we called the "local" or "switch engine" about 1945. It ran between Dequeen and Heavener Oklahoma and was used to deliver loaded rail cars and pick up empties. There is a long grade through the mountains between Mena and Heavener and some times it was used as a "pusher engine" to help long trains get over that grade. Second photo = I doubt many people now living in Mena know that at one time KCS had a round house and rail yard in Mena. It was moved to Heavener some time after 1940. The scale of the map is so small I marked the round house with the red arrow, and you can see the rail yard. If your computer is set up so you can zoom in, you can see the round house in detail. It was located on the north side of the RR between 8th and 9th Street.
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Old 03-22-2017, 08:15 PM
 
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West Little Rock - Yes, the wind did blow, back in February too. I would get set up perpendicular to the wind, then it would change and I'd have to move. Took 41 exposures to get these three.
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:34 PM
 
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Mena, Polk County - Some time ago I posted, complaining about the loss of the beautiful colonial Goff home. Here is one, though smaller, that shows what tender loving care can do. This home was built in 1898. For more details and more great photos you may go to www.carriagehouseinn.net It's a wonderful story.


Oops, that Link doesn't work, so Google "The Carriage House Inn, Mena Arkansas"
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:03 PM
 
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This is the Little Missouri River at the Ouachita National Forest Albert Pike Campground where they had the fatal flash flood a few years ago. The "white line" on the mountain in the distance is a long line of novaculite bluffs and there are many prehistoric quarries there.
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Old Today, 08:25 PM
 
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Mena, Polk County - When I lived in Mena many, many years ago I didn't pay any attention to the architecture of the homes except there were big ones and small ones, and some very big ones I have already posted here. Now that I'm visiting again I have noticed the different styles and have pulled some from Google Earth to show here. I am surprised to find the large number of story and a half and two story homes, and I find that the ones I have checked on have been built in the early to mid 1920s. I don't know what the local economy was for those larger homes.


Here are two examples; the first is a fancy story and a half and the second is the traditional two story four-square. I have a photo of a traditional story and a half but it didn't upload so will try it again.
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Old Today, 08:33 PM
 
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Mena, Polk County - O.K., it worked this time. This is a traditional story and a half and there are many of them in Mena. They were built with an "oversized" attic which was finished out as one, and sometimes two, bedrooms.
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