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 Post subject: General store and boarding house
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22nd, 2011 pm31 8:55 pm 
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I've driven past this old building several times while working in south east Arkansas and finally stopped to check it out.

The building appears to be the sole surviving piece of a small community called Fresno. Located at an intersection of two highways, the building and this sign appears to be all that remains.

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Located in the delta, this is cotton, rice, and soybean country. Not surprisingly, there was absolutely nothing on the web about Fresno, but I did find out some information from a few of the locals, one of whom was 83.

According to the older gentleman, the building had been there as long as he could remember. This would put its construction at least as far back as the 1920s. He remembers it was both a general store and boarding house. He thinks the boarding house closed in the 1940s, but the store remained in service until around 1970.

Another of the gentleman remembers stopping there when he was a kid when it was a parts store, catering to the local farmers. Everybody seems to be in agreement that it was boarded up and abandoned in the mid to late 70s.

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It's not a beautiful building, but it's design is interesting as it was built for maximum space utilization. There is an addition built on to the rear of the original building where indoor plumbing was added. From the fixtures and cast iron sewer lines, I'd guess late 30s or early 40s. It appears that the store also sold gasoline, which makes sense due to its location.

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Construction was standard for the era, lap siding with tounge and groove floors/ceilings. The tin roof was typical for the area as well. It's in poor repair, with sections missing or loose. Rot has a strong foothold.

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My point of entry via the addition.

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The old safe was slightly ajar. I tried to pry it open with my trusty leatherman, but it was not up to the task. The hinges have rusted solid and it would have taken a crowbar to open it, which I didn't have.

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Remnants of its part store days. Looks like a condensor to a point system. (and a Miller pony bottle)

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These "stairs" led to the upper floor, as well as the outside ones in the front. I use the term stairs loosely, as it was like climbing a ladder. Note the boards nailed to the wall for use as railing. You needed them.

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I didn't venture far as the floor/ceiling was less than solid. I'm guessing this is where the store owner lived. I could see the upper floor contained other rooms, but didn't press my luck.

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The original lower floor housed the general store, which was essentially just a single large room.

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I was surprised the old display case was still intact.

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The old gas pumps where moved inside and stored and pumped leaded gas. If your curious, the price on the pump was 21 and 7/10.

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Some more parts store debris. New Britain tools was sold off in 1972. They provided tools to NAPA from at least the 1940's.

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Back outside to try the front stairs.

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The stairs, while they groaned a bit, held. Any hopes I had of entry at the top though were quickly dashed.

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Discretion being the better part and all that, I decided to pass on the upper floor.

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The old building is definitely on it's last days and is the last remnant of the community it served.

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 Post subject: Re: General store and boarding house
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23rd, 2011 am31 7:25 am 
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Nice! That place is pretty good size

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 Post subject: Re: General store and boarding house
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26th, 2011 pm31 3:12 pm 
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Neat place... I wonder how long those Jeep CJ5 soft doors have been there. It is really interesting to see the stuff that just gets left in a place like that.


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 Post subject: Re: General store and boarding house
PostPosted: Tue Mar 8th, 2016 am31 4:19 am 
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Nice photo!! wanna see this place by myself!
เล่นเกมส์คาสิโนออนไลน์ เปิดบัญชีฝากถอนไม่จำกัด สมัครฟรีไม่มีค่าธรรมเนียม คลิก คาสิโน


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 Post subject: Re: General store and boarding house
PostPosted: Tue Mar 8th, 2016 am31 8:18 am 
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I believe this is gone now.


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