This is a guest post on historic Rush, Arkansas from international photojournalist Jerry Nelson of Journey America. His comments are included below.
Rush, Arkansas is the leftover of a zinc mining town in the Ozark Mountains in north Central Arkansas. Thriving from 1880 until 1940, the mines were important in the development of the railroads.
When World War I broke out, the Rush Creek mines were at the epicenter of zinc mining in the state. Ten mining companies operated 13 mines — more than any other mining district within Arkansas.
The buildings and ruins still visible at Rush are all that remain of the mines and the families that lived, worked, worshiped and played there. All traces of other mining districts have disappeared and Rush is the only one left not just with the buildings, but the mines as well.
The Rush Historic District today looks as it did when it was at the epicenter. The ghost town, mines and waste piles are still visible in the bluffs and set the flavor of an abandoned mountain mining community.
The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
Photos copyright Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
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