Railroad History

History of the railroad known generally as “The North Arkansas Line” figures prominently in the three volumes of The ‘People of the Water’ Cycle.

These are some of the works I referred to while writing those sections.A railway with a colorful history, the M&NA suffered the longest strike in railroad history, went through a half-dozen name/ownership changes, and somehow lasted in an area of the state that couldn’t financially support it from 1881 to 1961 — 80 years.

Amazingly enough, the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway tourist line from Eureka to Junction has been in operation for more than half that many years — from 1981 through today; this will be the Dortch Brothers’ 41st year!

Oak Leaves Magazine reprint; An Industrial War reprint; Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad: History Through the Miles; The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike; The Harrison Riot; Shortline Railroads of Arkansas
Railroads of Northwest Arkansas; an issue of Railroad Magazine; The North Arkansas Line; The Wreck of the Thomas C. McRae; Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway; Locomotives and Motor Cars, Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad

About W. Keith Brenton

W. Keith Brenton is a retired communication specialist, minister and passenger train conductor, living and writing in the historic resort village Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He is the widowed adoptive dad of Matt and Laura, and Pop-Pop to one grandchild. He enjoys drinking the local water, but unfortunately doesn’t look any younger than his actual age.
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