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Mining in Northwest Arkansas 

Is there gold in Benton County? Well, yes, and lead, zinc, and copper as well! The geology of Northwest Arkansas, with its layers of sedimentary rock and its numerous caves, gave birth to the hope that mineral wealth was to be found here. Throughout the years, prospectors and investors have tapped into the richness of these Ozark hills, extracting gold, copper, limestone, coal, and a variety of other minerals. Success, though, can be hard to come by. While some ventures were merely dreams, others proved more prosperous. In the end, lime and silica showed the true wealth of the land. 

 Pictured at right is an image of Rogers White Lime Works near Monte Ne in the 1910s.  This processing facility was just one of many such industries in the area.  Tons of raw materials have been processed locally over the years for use in agricultural, building, and finishing products.

Limestone is abundant in Northwest Arkansas and in Benton County especially.  Limestone kilns were operated in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries in Rogers and Garfield.  Much of the limestone in Benton County is from the Boone Chert.  Limestone was responsible for approximately $100,000 of the annual income of Benton County during the first decade of the 20th Century. 

Dolomite is also a common mineral in Benton County and was heavily mined in the 1920s and 1930s.  It is commonly used in soil fertilizer.  Likewise, Tripoli is another common Benton County mineral.  Used as an abrasive material, it is derived from and much like the crystalline compound silica.  Rogers is home to the most extensive and thickest deposits of Tripoli in Arkansas and our silica industry produced large quantities of this mineral for use in rubbing and buffing agents, paints, glass, and concrete.

These minerals found in the Ozark Mountains remain important to the economy of Northwest Arkansas.  According to data from the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Washington and Benton Counties continue to maintain a concentrated crushed stone mining center in the Northeastern and Southeastern corners of the counties, respectively.


More Photos of the Month

Rogers Academy Class of 1896
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
John Black and Hugh “Tater” Black
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Blaylock, Sarah
Carter, C. Jimmie
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Decker, Charles
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Hawkins, Harold and Frank Jr.
Hill, Fred
Jacobs, Thomas
Keck, Jack
Key, Vera
Kirksey, Birch
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
McNeil, Tom
Means, Joe
Morgan, Tom
Morsani, Al
Myler, John
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade

J.L. Shinpaugh, Rogers City Marshal
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise
Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
Rogers Dough Boys
Rogers, Will

Tribble, Letsie
Truman Boling, Master Builder

Vick Will

Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Confederate Monument
Coin Harvey’s Spring Lake and Falls
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne
Old Highway 12 Bridge
Park Springs Park
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Silica Mining
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
The Ozark Bluff Dwellers
Fisherman's Camp
Kruse's Gold Mine
Highway 71
Hanging Tree


The Apple Industry
Callahan's Station
Cattle Ranching
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Daisy Manufacturing
Decker Motor Co.
Dyke Lumber Co.
Hailey Motor Co.
House of Webster
McNeil Chevrolet
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Hardware Co.
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Suzie-Q Malt Shop


Rogers Academy
Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

The Applegate house
112 South First Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
Benton County Jail
B.F. Sikes Log Cabin
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
J.B. Steele House, 303 South First Street
Juhre Building (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Love's Sanitarium
Mutual Aid Union Building
Palace of the Ozarks
Rogers City Hall
Rogers City Jail
Rogers Milling Company
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Key Wing
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater
James and Sally McDaniel Home

The Stroud Home
The Tribble House
The Rocky Branch School

206th C.A. A.A
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Hunters
Rogers High School Football Team 1921
Rogers High School Marching Band 1942
936th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War
1960's Rogers High School Spirit
Arkansas State Guard in WWII


Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Bolin Murder Inquest 
Ozark Golden Jubilee
Rogers Centennial Posse
Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
Santa's Rocket Sleigh
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Great Car Skate on Lake Atalanta (1940)
Thanksgiving (1904)
The Last Reunion of Pea Ridge Veterans


Chemical Engine
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Mining in Northwest Arkansas
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department
Rogers Police Cars
St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
John Boat
Tall Tree Tales

Civil Defense in the 1960's
Early Cars
Rogers Yuletide
Brick Streets
Rural Road Work



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