The first Bentonville town map was drawn with a quill pen and ink on a sheepskin document about 1836. From the beginning, Bentonville was the center of county government, attracting an ever-increasing population of prosperous-minded merchants, attorneys, real estate speculators, and their families. They served as town and county officials and built Bentonville’s first homes, offices, commercial establishments, churches, and schools. After suffering through the Civil War, several experienced merchants rebuilt, and once again, the businesses of the Bentonville Square flourished. Even though none of the early businesses came close to the success of present-day Walmart, a group of retail vendors, nicknamed “The Hungry Eight,” aggressively competed at the very same site where the Walmart Visitor Center is located today. Images of America: Bentonville includes many other interesting stories and photographs of historic places in Bentonville.
About the Author
Monte Harris is a fifth-generation citizen of Benton County. Whether on the job at the Rogers Historical Museum or on her own time, she enjoys collecting, investigating, documenting, and sharing Arkansas history. Images of America: Bentonville presents a unique perspective of Bentonville with carefully selected images and detailed captions and provides a quick and easy history for all readers.
Table of Contents
1 Early Bentonville (1837-1865) 9
2 Starting over after the Civil War (1866-1880) 23
3 The Building Boom (1881-1890) 33
4 The Apple Years (1891-1920) 55
5 A Time of Economic Challenges (1921-1950) 75
6 Walmart leads the Way (1951-1990) 103
7 Today and Beyond (1991-2010) 113