Bald Knob, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 1953 Bald Knob Basketball tournament girlsHere is another historic picture found in the White County Girls' Basketball Tourney program that I found on ebay.  Playing basketball was important to girls then just as it is now.  It is still a mystery why the game ceased for girls for about 20 years starting in 1959.Enjoy this.  See if you know anyone!  
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This first picture is the front of a strange scrapbook.  It did look better before I started scratching around on it and found that the glue was old and not as secure so the front came up, ragged as you see.  Someone had started a scrapbook and used an old (Oct. 1929) American Magazine for its basis.  On the cover, the person had pasted the paper that looks almost like wallpaper, except it has writing on it, on the front and back of the magazine.  The second picture shows the magazine and the cover.Inside the magazine, a big picture of Walt Mason at his desk is glued.  It says, "Whose poems are printed daily in a syndicate of 200 newspapers reaching 10,000,000 readers."   Then the scrapbook is made up of the daily printings of his writings.  Some of the stories in the magazine are left ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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J Collison, established in 1896While in downtown Bald Knob AR a few days ago I noticed the almost empty windows of the J Collison store.  There was a sign saying something like 75% off so I went in.  The store is almost empty but the remaining items were interesting,  but most interesting to me were the old fixtures.  See some of them below.This was a lovely old stack of wood drawers.  The top part swiveled for easy access.These flower-like bins must be ancient.  One holds nails and the yellow one apparently holds grain.This storage unit was metal and certainly very old.And these old scales were fascinating.  So many of these things are probably original with the store.  I did ask if the ones in charge minded if I took pictures and they gave me permission.  I hope they don't mind that I...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This postcard shows pictures of important homes in Bald Knob AR approximately 1919.  This is the first multi-view postcard that I have seen.  We know that at least one of these homes is still standing.  Sleuths from Bald Knob should be able to give us the addresses of ones remaining.Names that are readable are J W Roetzel, Dr. J C Cleveland, J J Campbell, J W Cranford, A P Moody, W A W Price, J W Roetzel (second time), R H Upchurch and what looks like E R Wynn. It is an excellent glance back close to 100 years ago! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I guess I should have bought this old post card showing the Wallace Roadside Market in Bald Knob AR. I did bid on it while it was on ebay but someone else really wanted it more than I did and it is gone. But here is a picture of the front and of the address side.  Sounds as if it was an interesting place one mile west of Bald Knob on Highways 67 and 64.Sounds also as if they had imported gifts, fruits and vegetables, souvenirs, pottery, hand-blown glass and native sorghum and honey. Also ciders and exotic foods.  Owners were Vesta and Irene Wallace.Some of you Bald Knobbers will have to tell us more!  It sounds like it was a popular place!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Travel through Bald Knob AR and you can still stop and visit this Market Cafe.  This post card shows the building and the cars reveal the age of the picture.  I found it interesting that the cafe owner may have also been the owner of what was a filling station.  The building in the backgroud is called Market Station and it is also still there but it no longer says Market Station.  Here is a current picture from Google Earth showing the two buildings.Bald Knob sleuths may be able to tell us more about the history of these two buildings and I like the fact that Market Cafe is still operating.Hey!!  Hey!! Hey!!    What happened to the curved roof???
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This old post card found on ebay shows the Fox Motel in Bald Knob Arkansas and you can guess its age from the vehicles in the picture.  I'm guessing that the fox lit up and ran!  Some Sleuth will have to tell me it that was the way it worked.  I do like the way they pushed phones and TV and electric heat and the arrow definitely urges you to come stay at the FOX.  Notice Kelley's Grill way back in the background. We've come a long way, Baby!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This yearbook from Bald Knob AR is for sale on ebay right now.  I can't afford it but I do love the cover.  I have never seen this much creativity in a cover.  Tearin' It Up with a corner that looks as if they were ripping the page seems different and must have come from a creative art student.  I have several old books from Searcy AR and from Harding College (now University) in Searcy and a few from other cities but this is the best cover of them all.  Perhaps the buyer will be from around our area and will stop by and let me see inside! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Isn't this a fantastic picture!  It is for sale right now on ebay.  I love the clarity, the people in the foreground, the steeple on the side.  Wonder if it was also a church?  And I wonder what the attached little structure on the end of the porch was?  And I wonder where it was located in Bald Knob?  The seller says it is postmarked 1910.  Old pictures bring back so many memories.  Having grown up in Georgia where the climate was milder than here in Arkansas, I remember lots of buildings with no skirting around the foundation.  It was fun to crawl under them and cool off as long as you didn't crawl up to a snake or a spider or bump your head if you weren't careful.  I do hope that someone from Bald Knob buys it and treasures it. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I wrote a blog last week about the pleasure I receive when passing by the little old English Tudor filling station in Bald Knob.  Lots of Sleuths have responded and I now have more pictures, more knowledge, and new friends.  It is on the Historic Register, was built around 1930 and was operated by the man shown in the picture below and all comments stated how nice he was.Here's my picture with first blog.Look at this next picture that was provided by a Sleuth who got it from an old high school yearbook.I understand!  It does not show much of the filling station BUT look in the background.  There it shows a matching building with the same brick and the same Tudor trim.  Here's another one that was sent to me.What a cute house on the other side, right?  And check out that souped up Volksw...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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When my kids were little they would have waded into this ditch and brought me a few cattails home for me to put in a big vase on the floor.  I loved them.....the kids too of course!I have not seen a decent bunch of cattails in years and years but there in Bald Knob AR a few days ago I found this patch.  I almost parked my car to go gather a few but decided I did not have permission and I could be arrested.  But I did take a picture. I must admit that I also found them an easy subject to paint when I started painting pictures.  This looks almost like a painted picture!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Each time I drive through Bald Knob Arkansas I admire this property.  It must have once been a filling station but who ever heard of an English Tudor filling station?The building is brick with Tudor trim.  It even has a curved outside doorway that probably led to the outdoor bathrooms.  Doors probably rolled up to let mechanics work on vehicles.  Today I stopped long enough to snap a picture from across the street.  If anyone sees this blog and can give us history regarding this building that would be great.  Truth to tell, I could not even find the proper address for this property on our court house search site.  Sure wish we could see how it looked back in its day. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Bald Knob, Arkansas, located about 12 miles from Searcy Arkansas, used to be the strawberry capital of the world!  Now it is still a pretty busy little town but the strawberries are mostly pick-your-own.    I bought this card showing the Americana Motel located at Highways 64- 167 & 67 in Bald Knob.  Phone number was Parkview 4-3204.  It boasted electric year around air-conditioning, wall-to-wall carpets, tile baths and showers, TV, phones, and swimming pool.   I took a close look and felt as if I knew those people beside the swimming pool.  That woman in white looks just like my mother used to look when she was younger and alive.  She is sitting like my mother did with her purse at her feet.  AND, that girl in the yellow dress looks just like my sister who was tall and sat just like my...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I have a tendency to collect old post cards and this is one that I have found pleasing. It's a motel in Bald Knob AR, a town with about 2800 population about 12 miles from Searcy.  The other day there was a Bald Knob person in my office and they asked where this place was. My reply was that it is in your home town, Bald Knob, you unobservant ninny. Now I understand why they didn't recognize it.  Here is today's version of it. I'm sure that the original office was hot in the summer and cold in the winter with all that glass and the Bald Knobber said that the extended wings were damaged by wind and had to be taken down and the new office is probably much more comfortable but I sure liked the old version better. So things do change and not always for the better. And while we are studying B...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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It's for sale!  Bald Knob mansion is ready for new owner. The Bald Knob Banner, whose owner is also the owner of this house, says it is up for sale.  He gives this information about the house.  It was built in 1899 by the Jacob Campbell family and reportedly Charles Thompson was the architect.  It is Romanesque Revival in style with touches of Colonial Revival influences.  It is 4000 sq. ft. with brick that was built on the site with walls that are 4 bricks thick and it has a basement. Here's a blog that I did of this house when it had the yard of the month sign. I also wrote a blog earlier about this house and one in Searcy that was so identical in appearance. Review these blogs and if you are interested in more about the house read the Feb 6 Bald Knob Banner for the rest of the story...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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  Here's another great postcard photo shared by James Whitlow, who collects post cards. This house is still in Bald Knob AR on Center Street.  Our last blog was about houses on the same street but they were not mansions like this one.  James thinks that the pictures were all taken on the same day by the same photographer because of their similarity in looks and the dates of postage. The postmark is 1909. Refer back to the other blog for pictures of the houses nearby. The two links below also have pictures of this lovely house and one almost like it in Searcy AR which is now history. Bald Knob Yard of the Month Searcy and Bald Knob houses    
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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  We have made a great new friend in James Whitlow, who does not even live in our area but collects cards from lots of areas and shares with us! Here's the latest.  He sent me this one from Bald Knob AR.  Probably Bald Knob had not named streets then but I recognized the tall two story house as one that has just sold and is now up for resale. It's number is 301 Center Street and the court house says it was built in 1917. I love the picket fences and the wood sidewalks.  At first I thought I'd have to drive to Bald Knob to positively identify the houses but the Google man cooperated this time!  Here's the card...... And here we need the drum roll!!!  We move forward approximately 95 years and this is the same street with three of the same houses!! (95 years is a guess because the card is...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I closed a property with long-time Bald Knob Arkansas citizens.  During chat time, I showed them this wonderful picture of the bank in Bald Knob at an earlier time.   They said, "Oh, yes, and it is still there. But it doesn't look the same."  I asked them to direct me to it and they did. Here is what I found.  : ( Modernized....Changed....No longer recognizable..... That's why I say, "Please tell me this isn't the same place!"
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Bald Knob had a passenger train that ran regularly.  Trains still go through the city regularly.  I once wrote a blog about the wrong side of the tracks.  You can live on the wrong side in Bald Knob and wait a long time to cross the tracks. The old depot is shown here.  (To see it in its past glory go to the blog through the link above.) Note the building in the background which was the hotel or rooming house for passengers.   And below is a closeup. And another interesting building across from the depot is the old restaurant.  One side gives its name. But the other side is the best!  It shows its age by having what Anita calls a ghost sign.  War Bonds and stamps!   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Bald Knob is a small town approximately 12 miles from Searcy Arkansas, the White County seat.  Bald Knob grows on you.  Despite the funny name, the town is a treasure with good places to eat, an appreciation for history, and friendly folks. I bought this old card. It shows the Market Cafe.  The Market Cafe is still in existence with a loyal clientele.  Look behind the cafe. See that Market Station filling station?  It's still there also. But now it has a new service.  It's the Bald Knob Fire Department!  Bald Knob appreciated the old rock architecture and put it to good use.  I salute them!  
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