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Explore an Old Lumber Mill Town with a Bus Charter in Blytheville, Arkansas

Blytheville in Mississippi County, Arkansas has a population of more than 19,000. The city, which is often referred to as the "gateway to the Arkansas Delta," was established as a lumber mill town in the 1880s. It has also served as a center for the cotton-growing industry. Why not visit the city and explore its attractions with a bus charter in Blytheville, Arkansas?

Arts, Culture & History

If you want to experience the best of Blytheville culture, you can go to the Ritz Civic Center, a restored opera house originally opened in the 1900s and now stages live performances throughout the year. The theater, which possesses a 1950s-movie-house vibe, also serves as the home of the Arts Council.

Then ask your bus charter in Blytheville, Arkansas to take you to the James K. Hampson Collection, which gives you a look at the decorative arts of the late Mississippian people from the Nodena Site. The most notable pieces from the collection include "Nodena Red and White" pottery, effigy vessels, and Nodena-type site points.

You can also visit the Delta Gateway Museum, which showcases this fertile agricultural area's past. The museum, housed in the 1938 Art Deco-style Kress Building, features planned exhibits that focus on the development of soybean, cotton, and rice agriculture, as well as on the timber industry, transportation, prehistoric Native American culture, the steel industry, and even the regional impact of the Air Force base. This museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another place listed on the National Register is the Blytheville Commercial Historic District, with structures mostly built between the 1890s and the 1950s. Another national historic district is the West Main Street Residential Historic.

Also on the National Register of Historic Places are:

  • The Blythe Greyhound Bus Station, a single-story island-type station built in 1937 and one of the finest examples of Art Moderne architectural style in Arkansas.
  • The Chickasawba Mound, which encompasses the remains of a modest Nodena Phase town during the 16th century. It is one of the region's best-preserved Nodena sites.
  • The Eaker Site, an archaeological site on Eaker Air Force Base. It is the largest and the most intact Late Mississippian Nodena Phase village site, with evidence that indicates a 50-acre palisaded village existed within 1350 - 1450.
  • Mississippi County Courthouse, Chickasawba District, a 3-1/2 story brick and cut sandstone structure built in 1919 and is a fine example of Colonial Revival architectural style.
  • The United States Highway 61 Arch, built in 1924.

Parks & Outdoor Venues

Hop on a bus charter in Blytheville, Arkansas and head to the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which is a sanctuary for various wildlife, including migratory waterfowl. Over 225 different species of birds have been spotted here, including bald eagles. The refuge is also a great fishing destination.

The city also maintains five city parks, with Walker Park being the largest. Families can have picnics, enjoy the swimming pool, go hiking along the trail, and play at the tennis courts. There is also a children's playground. The park has a large lake, too, where you can fish and feed the waterfowl.

Shopping & Dining

Head to Downtown Blytheville where you can see a wide array of interesting stores and eateries. One of the places you should visit is "That Bookstore," which is a favorite shop of award-winning novelist – and Arkansas native – John Grisham.

Golf & Other Sports

If you want to play a round of golf, you can try the 18-hole Blytheville Country Club or the 18-hole Thunder Bayou.

If you want to play other sports, you can go to the Blytheville Youth Sports Complex located on the grounds of the former Eaker Force Base. The Sportsplex has 12 baseball, soccer, and softball fields. There are also picnic tables and a walking trail.

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