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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Walk Your Horse: 1910

Walk Your Horse: 1910

Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "View from the Free Bridge." The sign: YOU MUST WALK YOUR HORSE OVER BRIDGE. View full size.

 

High water

The stairs down to the diving platform have been washed out, and further to the right of the floating dock, there is some trash on the bank.

Fones building

The Fones building that was renovated as the Central Arkansas library is farther east (at 100 S. Rock Street). This one would have been a predecessor. You can see the upper facade of the Capital Hotel (still there, at 111 West Markham Street) rising over other buildings slightly to right.

Fones Brothers Hardware

My dad worked for Fones Bros. for 44 years until 1981. They were one of the oldest and longest lasting businesses in Little Rock. They started in 1865 and finished in 1987. Their last location was built in 1921 and today has been totally revamped on the inside. It is now the main branch of the library system in Little Rock. The building was built so well and with so much reinforced concrete it was declared a Civil Defense fallout shelter in the 1950s.

Lower right corner

Check out the 3-level diving platform, inboard speed boat and homemade sternwheeler.

Modern Equivalent

With the march of progress, we no longer have to worry about walking our horses across bridges. Today, we only have to walk our bicycles across them!

Hmm.

What if I don't have a horse -- how do I cross?

 
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