This may be hard to see, but it's an original panorama of the Bentonville Square dating to about 1910. It was a post card that was meant to be rolled up and mailed. Printed by the Bentonville News Company, the back has a description of the town:
Bentonville Arkansas, the county seat of Benton County, is a prosperous city of three thousand people, located in the northwestern corner of the state. It is the metropolis of Arkansas' famous "Big Red Apple Land." More apples are raised in this county than any other in the United States. In quality as well as quantity, Benton County apples head the list, having taken first prize at every great Exposition held in this country in the last fifty years.
Bentonville has an ideal, healthful climate, with cool summers and mild winters. It has an abundant supply of pure water and owns its own water and light plant. It is the best lighted city of its size in the state. Located on the Ozark Trail and the Jefferson Highway, it is a Mecca for automobile tourists in the summer.
Among the institutions and industries in Bentonville are five hotels, one costing fifty thousand dollars and another forty thousand dollars; a ten thousand dollar Masonic Temple; a fifty thousand dollar cold storage plant; a large flour mill; two lumber yards, a large barrel factory; the largest apple evaporator in the state; the two largest hardware companies in the state; four dry goods stores; two wholesale and fifteen retail grocery stores; three drug stores; two meat markets; one variety store; three millinery stores; two restaurants; two produce houses, two furniture stores; two jewelry stores; two undertaking establishments; three barbershops; two abstract companies; two weekly and one daily paper.
Bentonville has three banks - two National and one State; five brick churches; and two modern school building.
Bentonville has excellent improved roads leading in all directions to nearby cities and towns. Rock road-beds are now being completed for a distance of five miles from the corporation line on six main roads leading out of the city.
Last but not least, Bentonville has a class of progressive and up-to-date citizens who are always ready to extend the glad hand to the visitor or newcomer.
IN BENTONVILLE LIFE IS WORTH LIVING