News & History

Steamboat history on Ouachita discussed at meeting

Submitted information | For The Arkadelphian

The Clark County Retired Teachers Association recently heard Bob Thompson, Clark County Historical Association president, give details about steamboats that traveled the Ouachita and other South Arkansas rivers in the early 1900s.

Carrying local crops downstream and returning merchandise was treacherous and dangerous with the ever-changing rivers. The steamboats continued to run until the railroads were built and took over the movement of crops and merchandise.

CCRTA donations for January were school supplies to be taken to Perritt Primary School and Gurdon Primary School.
Rosie Huddleston and Susan Lemons took other needed supplies to Peake Elementary School. Counselor Paula Keeling was happy to receive the supplies for the students.