No one living today recalls the 1886 founding of one of Arkansas’s largest lumber mills and its surrounding community, once located directly across the Ouachita River from Arkadelphia and known as Daleville. No visible evidence of the original mill remains today, but the operation played an important role in Clark County’s economy for many years.
The organizer and first president of the Arkadelphia Lumber Company was R.W. Huie. Huie chose the mill’s location, across the river east of Arkadelphia and on the Iron Mountain Railroad (later Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific). The mill sat at the end of the railroad’s trestle, which proved to be quite advantageous during the spring rains and frequent flooding of the Ouachita.
Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Daleville" (2016). Articles. 209.