Greene County Arkansas

Paragould, Arkansas

Centennial Edition Section 2

4- Section 2, Centennial Edition                                                                                                                      Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983


"The Water"


  Photo captions:

Top Left Photo:

Keel dugouts were one way to navigate
the St. Francis in the early years. Used
paddleboats were another. The river
was the county's main transportation
route before the railroads came through.
And both coexisted for a while.

Photo courtesy: Glenda Barry

Middle Photo:

A crew appears ready to transfer a load
of rough cut staves from a dummy line
to the waiting boat.

Lower Left Photo:

In 1910, crews were working to rechannel
Eight Mile Creek to eliminate several curves.
This picture was taken near Sycamore Bend.

Photo courtesy: H. L. Bogan
Top Right Photo :

The floodwters of the St. Francis often plagued the
"bottomlands" towns like Brighton. The National
Store and Hotel are shown in this 1909 picture.

Photo courtesy: Olah Waters

Lower Right Photo:

After being used to dig Big Slough ditch, this
mammoth dredgeboat was parked to decay.

Photo courtesy: Jack Taylor


Transcribed from the 1983 Centennial Edition by : PR Massey

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