Arkansas between WW1 and WW2
By: Alexis Splichal
Post War Arkansas
After the WW1 Arkansas and all of America had downtime and this caused new advancements in technology and changes in very many peoples lives.
- Harvey Couch brought telephone lines into Arkansas which soon turned into electrical lines that provided to all 12 counties.
- Arkansas also had a new automobile company that produced "the climber" the vehicle The Climber Motor Corporation produced about five a day.
- Charles Lindbergh also made a stop in Arkansas a few years before his famous solo flight across the Atlantic.
Oil Boom in Arkansas
- A group called the wildcatters looked for large oil reserves throughout the U.S.
- The first oil discovery was near El Dorado, Arkansas
- This town was home to 30,000 residents and 59 oil companies it was a boom town
- Just northwest of El Dorado, in Smackover another oil reserve was found and this soon became the next boom town
- Even though oil production decreased it is still important to south Arkansas's Economy
Flood of 1972
- Residents of Arkansas were promised that the new levees would prevent future flooding along the Mississippi
- During the flood of 1927 Levees were broke, many people's lives were ruined, animals were killed, many properties were destroyed and more
- Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana were affected, but Arkansas received the majority of the damage
- Water was up to 30 feet deep in many Arkansas counties