The next few years would see
“Coin” Harvey’s resort grow. In 1904 Harvey
brought St. Louis architect A.O. Clarke to
Rogers to design another hotel Harvey named
Missouri Row. Clarke designed a structure over
300 feet long, built of hewn logs with a cement
floor and tile roof. Spacious porches ran down
both sides of the building.
this friend of the working man had to deal with
a strike by carpenters and stone masons during
the building of Missouri Row. The men had formed
a union, which Harvey regarded as just another
type of monopoly or trust. A climax to the
troubles came when Harvey had an altercation
with one of the workers that ended with Harvey
drawing a pistol on the other man. Both were
arrested but it doesn’t appear the case ever
came to trial.
Tourists relax in front of Missouri Row about 1910.
Clarke remained in Rogers and went on to design
some of the finest residential and commercial
buildings in Northwest Arkansas. In 1908 work
began on a second log hotel called Oklahoma Row.
Also designed by Clarke, this hotel had a
reinforced concrete tower at one end.
on adding an even grander stone hotel, the
Clubhouse, also designed by A.O. Clarke. But
only the foundation and at least a portion of
the first floor were completed.
Above, Oklahoma Row in the 1910s. Left, building the bank at Monte
Ne, 1905. This structure also was designed by A.O. Clarke.
Below, illustration of the planned
but never completed Clubhouse Hotel.
By 1910 Monte
Ne had a school, bank, newspaper, and stores.
Harvey’s resort offered a choice of three hotels
boasting amenities such as fireplaces in the
bedrooms, elegant dining rooms, and electric
lights. Tourists could enjoy swimming in the
indoor pool, boating, fishing, tennis, or golf.
The resort hosted fox hunts, old fiddlers’
contests, dances, and concerts.
the resort was not the financial success Harvey
had hoped for. In 1907 the railroad went
bankrupt, then limped along under new ownership
for a few more years.
Above, top, visitors to Monte Ne pose around one of the stone
bridges Harvey built. Middle, a picnic at Monte Ne. Bottom, one
of the bands brought to perform at the resort.
By the summer of 1908 Harvey wrote his son that he had been unable to pay all
his taxes as the season had been a failure. The number of visitors improved in
1909, but the resort never seems to have met Harvey’s expectations.
Right, a panoramic view of Monte Ne in
the 1910s. Courtesy of Barbara Rairden.