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Maguiretown (Washington County)

The historic community referred to as Maguiretown or Maguire’s Store was established in the 1840s and existed until the early twentieth century near present-day Elkins (Washington County). In 1836, Owen Maguire purchased land in Richland Township at the site of a ford crossing the White River. Prior to 1840, he built a one and a half–story single-pen log house fronting on the Huntsville Road. The general store, a log school that doubled as a church, and the blacksmith shop he established at this site were referred to as Maguire’s Store. Thomas Towler manufactured plug tobacco here in the 1840s and 1850s. After Maguire’s death in 1846, his sons, Green and Hosea, were proprietors of the store. On October 8, 1853, …

Mount Comfort (Washington County)

Mount Comfort is a historical community located near Fayetteville (Washington County). The local citizens helped to make the area a center of education, including the establishment of what is now the University of Arkansas (UA). With the 1803 Louisiana Purchase by the United States, lands opened to additional white settlement and the U.S. government signaled limited interest in maintaining partnerships with Native American peoples. In the Arkansas Territory, hostilities between the Osage, the Cherokee, and the white settlers grew. By 1816, to reduce hostilities, Major William Lovely purchased a tract of land as buffer between the Osage and Cherokee. The Lovely purchase—originally composed of Washington, Benton, and parts of Madison and Carroll counties—eventually became Washington and Benton counties. A slow …