The Growing Up In Waldron blog has been around since July 23, 2010. In its heyday, I normally posted one or two times a week, and then I ran out of memories, so posting has been sporadic at best for the last year or so.
In spite of the lameness of recent postings, I'm happy to say that the little GUIW blog has now reached the milestone of 100,000 pageviews! I find this particularly gratifying; I had so much fun living those stories and I'm pleased that others have enjoyed reading about them.
So, what do we do to celebrate 100,000 pageviews? I thought about holding a party, but my wife said I had to limit the invitees to 50,000 and I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.
So, I've decided to just have a chocolate malt for myself and, for everyone else, I'd like to share a few of my favorite pictures of the town that will always have a place in my heart, Waldron Arkansas...
I paid an exorbitant amount for this old postcard, but it was worth it. This is the oldest picture I have of Waldron. I don't know the year, but I think the old bank building in the background is still standing. Can you imagine what life was like for these folks?
This old postcard fascinated me as a child; the time-lapse photography is amazing. Sadly, the original postcard is lost; maybe when my Dad took it to the Waldron News for publication he never went back to pick it up. I would give anything to find another copy!
When going through some of my Dad's possessions after he passed away, I came across this incredible find; the shirt he wore when he was a projectionist for Waldron's only movie theater. For most of it's existence, it has been known as The Scott Theater, but when it first started it was The Pines Theater. My wife had this precious find professionally framed for me.
I love this old picture of Waldron from the 30s. I don't own it; I borrowed it from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture website. Not a lot has changed in the past 80 years.
Here's another wonderful picture from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas website. This one is looking south down Main Street.
One more from the same website. My mom used to talk about how the sidewalks of Waldron would be so crowded with people on Saturday that you could barely make your way through the crowd.
One place that at some point almost everyone in Waldron visited was Crutchfield's Restaurant. I remember the booths with individual jukebox selections, and Madge's pies were a town favorite.
Although taken a few years before my time, this was my church and most of the people in this picture were an important part of my childhood. Precious Memories, how they linger.
The Methodist Church, foreground, and Baptist Church, background, were major Waldron landmarks. I passed both when I walked to school or town, and in fact we kept a permanent trail cut through the Methodist churchyard where we cut the corner.
I love this view of Main Street; it's one of my most prized cards. You see the Baptist Church at the far end of Main, and I love the trees in front of the courthouse. Lots of people in town that day, and one fellow making his way up Main Street on his bicycle.
Another great card, but nobody is really sure what was going on when this picture was taken. One person told me that Charley Forester was giving away a plow at his store, but I don't know if that's right or not. I hope there weren't any pickpockets in the crowd.
I got this picture from Herb Wilson, and I love it. Maybe the only time a buffalo has been seen on Main Street. I imagine this would have been quite a show to see.
So that's my Waldron, at least a quick view. If you're from Waldron, these pictures may bring on a few memories of your own, and if you're not, your hometown might have looked a little like this too.
And thanks for looking at this blog. All 100,000 of you. Now go get yourself a chocolate malt.
P.S. In my candy store days, we called it the "hundred thousand dollar bar"...