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Railroad Historians Discuss Railroads in Region

Posted: April 30, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Courtesy Mike Condren Mike Condren snapped this photo in 1965 of a train passing through Alma. Condren, a railroad historian and photographer, will speak on railroads of Crawford County Sunday at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site in Van Buren. Chuck Girard, a member and former national director of the Arkanas-Boston Mountains chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, joins Condren in the presentation.

The Ozarks and Boston Mountains once seemed impenetrable. Steep and rocky, they left western Arkansas isolated from the rest of the country. Crossing the Arkansas River posed another challenge for railroads.

Go & Do

Railroad History of Crawford County

Who: Chuck Girard and Mike Condren

When: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Drennen-Scott Historic Site, 221 N. Third St. in Van Buren

Admission: Free, but reservations are requested

Information: 262-2750, tom.wing@uasf.edu

Go & Do

Photography Exhibit

What: 1903 to 1904 photos of Ozark life

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through November

Where: Drennen-Scott Historic Site, 221 N. Third St. in Van Buren

Exhibit opening: 1 p.m. Sunday with Ray Wallace, who discovered the glass negatives, speaking

Admission: Free, but reservations are requested

Information: 262-2750, tom.wing@uasf.edu

Fast Facts

National Railway Historical Society

Annual Convention

When: June 12-15

Where: Holiday Inn in Springdale

Tickets: $89, plus $10 each for train excursions

Information: nhrs.com

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