Baker family, Romance, Arkansas, 1906

Early Roads To Searcy

From "Searcy Centennial," a history of the first 100 years of Searcy, Arkansas, 1837-1937

Viewers were appointed by the County Court of White County, Arkansas, on May 24, 1836, "to select the nearest and most approved route from Big Cypress Bayou in junction with the road leading to Little Rock through Erwin’s settlement (now old Austin) to said Bayou; thence to the present seat of justice (David Crise’s)." This road was finally completed from Erwin’s settlement (now old Austin) to the Sulphur Springs (now Searcy) to Little Red River, in August, 1937.

The County Court approved a road from Prospect Bluff (now Judsonia) to John Howerton’s August 7, 1837. John Howerton opened the first store in Searcy, being licensed by the County Court March 8, 1837. This store was located on the above mentioned road on what is now known as Moore Avenue (North Line Street) Searcy near the present city cemetery. The Howerton land was on the north side of the road.

Henry Baker was appointed by the County Court February 8, 1838, overseer from Des Arc (post office) (where the National or Military Road crossed Des Arc Creek) to Little Red River, and ordered to clear out said road eighteen feet wide. This road ran through Searcy and was in use prior to the year 1836 through Searcy valley.

At the February term of the County Court in the year 1839, the Court granted a road from the mouth of Little Red River to Searcy, and the report of the viewers was approved by the Court May 6, 1839.

On May 6, 1839, a road was granted by the County Court from Searcy to the Jackson County line connecting with the road to Elizabethtown, in Jackson County.

The road from Searcy north by way of Beeler’s ferry was opened prior to the year 1839.

"Searcy Centennial," written by A.P. Strother, is available for $5 postage paid from the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.