Residents of Campbell
in Jackson County are hoping for commercial
by: Tracy L. Crain
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Sunday, February 18, 2001
On the other side of Newport, in Jackson
County, the rather unusual community of
Campbell Station is located along U.S. 67
North, near the 157 junction.
The heart of the community or town square,
as many seem to reference it, is comprised
of an estimated 10 houses, circularly
positioned along the outside of Keeter
Located in the center of the housing area,
on a square of well-kept green pasture,
there is a white brick city hall building, a
Baptist church and a park for the children
who reside in the area.
There's a few other buildings and
facilities, along with a cabinet shop, auto
shop, and flea market that comprise much of
the commerce in Campbell Station.
Ronnie Royer and his wife, Carolyn,
originally from Wisconsin, have ample
reasons for moving to this small community,
but note the peaceful surroundings as one of
the things they like most about Campbell
"There's no trouble here, and nobody bothers
anyone. It's a nice, quiet town and a great
place to live," he said.
Although the town sign indicates a
population of 247 residents, Royer believes
the numbers are a little different.
"I'd be surprised if there were more than
100 people who lived here," he said.
As for the town's origination, one of the
oldest buildings in the area, the Baptist
church, was founded in 1956. Although it is
known that the town was in existence before
that time, there is no record of how or when
it was founded.
Royer's grandmother was one of the earlier
residents of the community.
"She chose this as her place of retirement,"
Royer said. "She loved living in this area.
She's one of the reasons I moved here."
He likes it here because it's so rural.
"We're off the beaten path," he said.
"There's no schools and about the only
community gatherings we have are the weekly
meetings at city hall. It amazes me,
however, that when a natural disaster
happens, all the people come together and
help each other out."
When he speaks of natural disasters, Royer
is making reference to a tornado that came
through the area in 1997.
"There was a lot of damage, and a couple of
houses were destroyed. Everybody had to help
everybody rebuild," he said. "There are some
really good people that live here. Most of
them work at the nearby factories and a few
others work in the Newport area."
The community of Campbell Station is hoping
to see some commercial expansion sometime in
"Within the next five years, I'd like to see
them build something here, maybe a little
store so that we don't have to go to Newport
to do the shopping," Royer said. "Tuckerman,
the town located next to us, is only a
little bigger than we are, and they have a
dollar store. That's a lot more than what
Being a small community can certainly have
its advantages, though.
"There's no crime here. I'd say no problems,
whatsoever," Royer said.
Some of the peculiarities that can be found
in the town, Royer says, relate to the
area's geographic position.
"Our phone number has a Newport prefix and
our house a Tuckerman mailing address," he
said. "The kids here are also impacted by
the location. They have their choice of
either attending school in Newport or in
When asked about activities in the town,
Carolyn Royer says there is a lot to do. "We
go to the park and the kids play basketball.
We also exercise," she said.
Her husband continues, "We love it here. I
want to stay here for the rest of my life.
It's everything we could want in a
(Campbell Station is an excerpt from Road
Trips; a weekly feature of small towns in
Arkansas written by Tracy Crain and
published by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.)