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Childhood house in white recalls man in black

Posted: August 3, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LAURINDA JOENKS The Dyess Colony Administration Building, completed in 1936, has been restored to house the Dyess Colony Museum, along with municipal offices for the city of Dyess. Exhibits focus on the history of the colony, lifestyles of colonists, the Cash family as typical colonists and the impact of growing up in Dyess on Johnny Cash and his music.

House No. 266 on Road 3 in Dyess, a small white frame house with green shutters, stands by itself, surrounded by crop-filled fields, seemingly far from everywhere. But this humble home helped shape the life and music of an American legend.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LAURINDA JOENKS Johnny Cash’s boyhood home is open for tours through the Historic Dyess Colony and Arkansas State University. Cas...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LAURINDA JOENKS The piano of Carrie Cash (Johnny’s mother) sits prominently in the living room at Dyess. “We’d gather around moth...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LAURINDA JOENKS Johnny Cash’s youngest brother, Tommy, ran the projector at the Dyess Colony theater in the 1950s, and his name i...


What: Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home

When: Tours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Where: 110 Center Dr., Dyess

Admission: $10, general admission; $5, students to age 18; free, children younger than 5; $8, seniors.

Upcoming: Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, Oct. 19-21

Information: (870) 764-2274,

New Deal in NWA

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale has recorded 235 projects completed in Northwest Arkansas as part of the New Deal federal relief programs during the Great Depression. The jobs ranged from planting grass to building roads to repairing schools. Some of the remaining familiar sites in Northwest Arkansas include:

The Beely-Johnson American Legion Post 139, Springdale. Built in 1934.

Devil’s Den State Park; cabins, roads, lake, dam; 1936

Lake Wedington; lake, cabins, lodge; 1936-38

University of Arkansas; Chemistry building, 1935; Home Economics building, 1940; Ozark Hall, 1940; Vol Walker Hall, 1935

Arkansas State University

Heritage Sites

• Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Tyronza

(870) 487-2909, stfm.astate.asu

• Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, Piggot

(870) 598-3487,

• Lakeport Plantation, Lake Village

(870) 265-6031,

• Rohwer Japanese-American Relocation Center Cemetery, McGehee

(870) 222-9168,

• Arkansas State University Museum, Jonesboro

(870) 972-2074,

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