Historic Downtown Walnut Ridge
Agriculture always heavily influenced the pace of downtown. Saturday was the big trading day, when farmers came to town.
The Great Depression impacted much of downtown, shuttering businesses.
WWII brought booming business back to the downtown as office support for the nearby army airfield training base operations took over many spaces.
Post-war transformations brought jobs within 5 miles of downtown as the air base converted to Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College) and an industrial park. With increased automobile usage, downtown became a driving destination for retail, government, and services, with two U.S. Highways running right through it.
As industrialization waned in the pressures of globalization, downtown too was affected.
Always reinventing itself, the downtown Walnut Ridge of the 21st century will have new stories to tell. We hope you will be a part of it!
The downtown Walnut Ridge area is now on the National Register of Historic Places as an "Historic Commercial District."
The restored train depot was one of the first buildings in town to be individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.