Missouri, Arkansas State Line
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Erected in 1924 to mark the boundaries of the Mississippi County Road Improvement District upon completion of the hard surfacing of the first stretch of highway through Mississippi County, Arkansas, the U.S. Highway 61 Arch is the only known concrete arch that spans a United States Highway in Arkansas.
Originally one of two arches located at each end of Mississippi County, the arch on the Crittenden County border was demolished in the late 1950s.
The arch spans across the highway just inches from the Arkansas- Missouri state line. The U.S. Highway 61 arch.
A lower gasoline and cigarette tax in Missouri led to a concentration of businesses on the north side of the highway. At one time there were as many as fourteen service stations lined up along the "line". Along with the service stations came several nightclubs and small gambling houses. The area around the arch became known as "Little Chicago" because of the type of activity that went on there. A long time resident of nearby Yarbo, Arkansas once said of the arch, "It was a good place to go while the wife and kids were in church." However, many people were proud of the arch's notoriety.
January 20th, 2019
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