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by Terri Bradt

 

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BUSCH, ARKANSAS 72620

© 2009 Terri Bradt

 

 

 

All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Publication of

 

Kinetico Studios

Busch / Eureka Springs, AR 72631

terri@arkansas.net

www.kineticostudios.com


 

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For Mabel Walden

The Last Postmaster of Busch

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Homestead Years

The 1910s

The 1920s

The 1930 – 1950s

The Last Postmaster of Busch

Postmaster Appointments

A List of the Images

References

Index

 

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Introduction

 

Busch, Arkansas in 2009 is a place name, describing a place with no real boundaries.  Its only official status is that it is recognized in some current databases as one of the addresses in the zip code 72631, along with Holiday Island and Eureka Springs.  The mail comes out of Holiday Island, but if you live on this rural route, you can sometimes convince the Department of Finance and Administration to print your driver’s license showing your address as Busch, Arkansas 72631.

 

Lying on the White River a few miles south of the Missouri border, the heart of Busch is on a straight stretch of U.S. Highway 62, an otherwise very curvy road between Gateway, Arkansas and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Scattered around the rocky Ozark hills and valleys are the residents and their many varied businesses and pursuits.  It seems like just a wide place in the road when you drive through, so some wonder why the highway department has put up new road signs, marking the entrance to Busch at random spots from the east and from the west.

 

The answer lies in the history of a little U.S. Post Office named Busch, Arkansas….