Greenland AR 72737
The town of Greenland was first established with a post office named
Rugby around 1882. In 1886 the name was changed to Staunton and in
1909, the name Greenland was adopted.
When the St Louis & San Francisco railroad came to the area in the
early 1880's, a stop was established at what is now Greenland with a
depot. Six passenger trains and numerous freight trains a day made
this railroad a busy operation. The rail operation peaked in the 1940's
with a lot of military personnel and freight traffic. Such a busy
operation inevitably resulted in train wrecks. One such accident
occurred in Greenland (Staunton) in 1897 resulting in a number of cattle
escaping but no serious injuries were reported according to Winn.
County court records indicate a school was operating near what is now
Greenland called Frog Pond as early as 1877. It is said to have been
on the property where the Fayetteville airport now exists. Several
buildings were used for schools and a brick building was built in the
1920's. Several schools have been consolidated into the Greenland
District with the latest being Winslow in recent years. Some of these
early consolidations, caused the District to establish one of the first
school "bus" systems with the first being horse drawn covered wagons with
a stove in the middle for winter. Motorized vehicles were brought in
sometime around the 1930's.
As with many areas in the County, apple orchards were a common sight
on the hills and valleys around Greenland. The best apples were packed
in barrels for shipment by rail and the remainder were either dried or
used to make cider.
Greenland merchants have included Jacob Yoes in early years,and more
recently, the Crider family.
Washington County Postoffices and Postmasters 1829-1976 by
Deane Carter, published 1976 by Washington Co Historical Society
School Days, School Days, a history of Washington County schools by
Images of America, Washington County Arkansas by Velda Brotherton
Railroads of Northwest Arkansas by Robert G Winn
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