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Friday, December 29, 2006 

Photo of the Month

 

Monte Ne

 

In 1894 "Coin" Harvey toured Northwest Arkansas. Impressed with the area, he returned in 1900 and purchased 320 acres around Silver Springs, southeast of Rogers. He created the resort of Monte Ne and filled it with hotels, a golf course, an enclosed swimming pool, a bathhouse, a bank, and a dance pavilion.

A railroad spur at Lowell connected Monte Ne with the Frisco Railroad. Arriving tourists were ferried across a lagoon in an imported Italian gondola. Dances, concerts, water sports, fireworks, and fiddling contests were popular attractions.

The advent of the automobile changed travel patterns as driving tours replaced long stays at resorts. By the 1920s Monte Ne was fading. But Harvey continued to build, erecting an amphitheater and base for the "Pyramid," which was to contain an explanation for the fall of civilization, which Harvey believed was imminent. Today the amphitheater and much of what was Monte Ne are under Beaver Lake.


Lagoon with gondola, circa 1905 (Neg. #N004945)

 

More Pictures of the Month

People:
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Jacobs, Thomas
Key, Vera
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
Morgan, Tom
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise

Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Will

Places:
Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne

Old Highway 12 Bridge
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista

Businesses:
The Apple Industry
Daisy Manufacturing
House of Webster
Munsingwear
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Wal-Mart

Schools:
Rogers Academy

Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

 

Buildings:
112 South First Street
506 East Spruce Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
JUHRE BUILDING (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Mutual Aid Union Building
Rogers City Hall
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater

James and Sally McDaniel Home

Organizations:
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Wrangling Society
Rogers High School Football Team 1921

Events:
Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Ozark Golden Jubilee

Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)

Other:
Baseball
Cars
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Halloween
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department

St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
Roadwork
John Boat