North Arkansas Line.org is dedicated to preserving the memory of a rather obscure railroad built from Joplin, Missouri to Helena Arkansas. Operated under various corporate entities it was commonly known as the North Arkansas Line or the Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad (M&NA). Although many locals referred to it as the May Never Arrive due to it's slow track conditions. Construction began in 1882 on the original route from Seligman Missouri to Eureka Springs Arkansas. The railroad eventually extended north to Joplin and south to Helena, a total distance of 365 miles. A devastating strike in 1946 hit the railroad hard and the M&NA filed for abandonment, in 1949 most of the railroad had been scrapped. The largest segment left in place stretched from Seligman, MO to Harrison, AR and it was operated as the Arkansas & Ozarks Railroad. In May of 1960 torrential rains washed out several miles of track and in addition to constantly declining revenues the owners of the A&O decided to throw in the towel and file for complete abandonment. By spring of 1962 all rails of the A&O had been removed and the North Arkansas Line became a distant memory in the Ozark hills.
In the early 1980's the Younger brothers leased several miles of former right of way in Beaver, AR. After rebuilding the track from Poker Bluff across the White River bridge through the Narrows they had the foundation for a new tourist railroad. The new Eureka Springs Railroad operated for several years and also helped to create the Missouri & North Arkansas Research Group. In the mid 80's the Eureka Springs Railroad closed it's doors, the track was removed (again) and the collection of artifacts were moved to the Boone County Historical Society in Harrison, AR. About the same time a few miles a way the Dortch family began to rebuild the railroad from the wye at the Junction to the depot in Eureka Springs. And today passengers can still travel over a portion of the old right of way on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad.
North Arkansas Line.org is a volunteer effort on behalf of the webmaster to preserve the history of the North Arkansas Line. In addition I hope to provide much needed exposure for the Missouri & North Arkansas Research Group and the Boone County Historical Society who maintains the North Arkansas Line collection. If you have any information or photos you would like to contribute feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: North Arkansas Line, P.O. Box 167, Kirbyville MO, 65679. Please specify if you would like any materials returned, if not they will be scanned for this site and then donated (in your name) to the museum in Harrison. Be sure to join the organization and receive the news letter Oak Leaves, which is named after an original publication issued by the Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad. The museum is located at the corner of W. Central St. & S. Cherry St .in Harrison Arkansas. The hours are March-November, Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm. Give them a call at 870-741-3312 or you can write the museum at P.O. Box 1094, Harrison AR, 72601-1094. North Arkansas Line.org is a work in progress. Be sure to visit us online from time to time and journey with us as we travel over the silver rails of the "May Never Arrive"