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On this day in AR History: September 13

Take a trip down Arkansas' memory lane

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - On this day in 1887, Rector incorporated. It is located on the eastern side of Crowley Ridge in Clay County. Rector is a railroad town and is known for timber harvesting and agriculture. The town was named for former governor Henry Massie Rector.  

In 1882, the railroad came to the area. According to the "Encyclopedia of Arkansas" Southwest Improvement Company bought 80 acres of land and laid out the town in divided lots.

When the first train arrived in 1882 it was celebrated by a twenty-one-gun salute, a flatcar speech, and a train whistle. The whistle spooked the horses, mules, steers, and oxen into the surrounding woods and thickets.

Rice, wheat, and cotton are grown in the area.

The small town is known for it's Labor Day Celebration. It lasts for four days and includes games, a parade, a rodeo, beauty pageants, a talent show, music, and political speeches.


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