On a recent road trip that took us through the north eastern part of the state, Kurt had one simple request.
“Can we stop at the Greyhound Bus Station in Blytheville?”
A bus station?
What’s so great about a bus station?
It just so happens that Blyetheville, Arkansas is home to the only remaining free-standing deco-moderne Greyhound station in the world.
Designed by Memphis architects Noland Van Powell and Ben Watson White, the station was up and running in 1939. It was considered an important link between the North and the South, helping transport the blues to Chicago.
It remained in operation until 2001, when it fell into disrepair. Fortunately, a community effort ensued soon after, resulting in the purchase and restoration of the building. It was reopened in 2010, where it has housed a transportation museum and the offices of Main Street Blytheville.
We arrived too late to check out the museum, but, peering in through the doors, it looked intriguing. Located at 109 North 5th Street in Blytheville, it’s one of those places that we will definitely revisit!