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The Rush Creek Bugle
Reveille Number Volume 1, Number 1
Page 1, Column 3
10 Sep 1916
Blown Every Once in a While in the Interest of Rush and Ten Other Creeks on Buffalo River
Transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport
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This is an old yellowed brittle copy of a newspaper from the Mining era of Marion Co. It was sent to me by John Headrick. He tells me that he found it in his father's old papers. Many thanks to John for sharing this with us. I knew that some of the mining towns published newspapers but this is the first copy I've ever seen.
The photos in this newspaper are very dim. I've done the best I can with them.
Page 1 - Column 3The Edith, operated by the Edith Mining Co., supervised by Capt. LaVassuer and Ambrose Estes. The Yellow Rose, operated by Jim McCarty. The Silver Run, operated by the Silver Fun Mining Co, and the Evening Star, Myers Hollow, Maumee, Lockhart and Excelsior mines, and the Jackpot, Churchill, Ward mines and the Commercial, the latter a Prospect operated by a number of traveling men on the White River Division. Besides these there are countless other properties that are being operated by one or two prospectors that have not been brought to a producing stage yet, or which are producing free ore.
No other district in the United States produces the large variety or high grade carbonate ores that are produced by this district. There are probably a hundred different textures and colors of this ore, and he week seldom passes but what some one brings in a sample new to the field. It all grades high in metal content, running from 40 per cent to 49. This ore is in strong demand by the smelters on account of its purity.RUSH ARK., LARGEST MINING CAMP IN SOUTH. Rush is not a city, nor a village, but a mining camp. It is strung out for several miles up and down Rush creek, and Buffalo river, with the main part of the town occupying about one-half mile on the lower end of the creek. There are 15 business houses in Rush, covering all lines of trade, a moving picture show, livery stable, and every other necessity in a business way that goes to make up a going camp. Rush is a replica of a western camp. Its citizenship is made up of optimistic, red blooded men. The hard-hitting kind. More business is done at Rush than in any other settlement of its size in the north part of the state.
Rush is animated and noisy. The dynamite broadsides never stop, neither do the engines that pull the mills. The noise of rending grinding rock is always present, night and day. The town lives right up to its name. It keeps busy, rushingly busy. It is a poor place for a lazy man to light. It is a poor location for a pessimist. The spirit of optimism floats over the camp. That is what has made it and what will make it grow finally into one of the largest mining towns in the south. Backed up by it's ore bodies and this optimistic do or die spirit, it will finally cover the green-clad hills and hollows in this section.The citizenship of Rush is progressive and awake to the best interest of their camp. They are also humane. They improve every opportunity to make the camp a better camp.
Because Rush is a mining camp, do not think that it is bad. It may be a little rough but it lacks the bad men, bad booze and gambling games of the old western camps. Rush is a good mining camp. It does not tolerate the bootlegger, the gambler or the bad man. If you are bad and are contemplating moving to Rush, go to Little Rock, or Fort Smith, or Cotter, or Yellville, or somewhere else. A bad man will get a warm reception here.
Rush is genial and friendly. The folks that came to Rush and built it, brought in that rare old Ozark mountain hospitality with them. There are no strangers in Rush. After you are here fifteen minutes you are one of us. That is if you are not bad, and haven't come from a smallpox camp or something like that.
Rush has a larger payroll than any town of its size in the state. Every two weeks the mines peel their roll for a good many thousand dollars. This payroll is what makes this place hum, and it is growing larger every month.
Rush offers opportunities to the zinc miner. There are a thousand prospects in the mountains around here that have never been found yet. They ought to be found. They will help the man who finds them and the (continued on page two)Top of Page Next section Rush Creek Bugle Index
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