March 14, 2007
The Polk County town of Mena was founded in 1896 by railroad developer Arthur Stilwell. Due to his important role in founding the town, he was given the honor of naming the growing railroad community. He chose the name Mena, which was a pet name that he had for his wife, Jennie. Clearly seen in the background of this 1907 photograph is the present-day tourist attraction Rich Mountain.