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Railroads have crisscrossed Town Branch Neighborhood for more than a century  

Except for steam locomotives such as Old 1235 shown above on the Frisco Line in 1917, the freight trains passing over Town Branch south of Sixth Street in Fayetteville don't look too different today. The east-west Ozark and Cherokee Central line crossed the creek on a trestle and passed through the currently filled-in tunnel. The Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River continues to flow through the small tunnel at bottom right. The Rochier mansion atop the hill was replaced by a nursing home. Huge trees now limit the view, but the timbered wetland across the lower track to the left of the picture still cleanses the stream's flood water and limits the amount of flooding downstream despite the amount of pavement north of Sixth.


Laura Cox Sivage, who died in August 1941, stands near the spot where the top photo was made to show how she saw the area in the early 1930s.

Her grandchildren, including Wanda Peterson, Leroy Moody, Travis Moody and Althea Moody, live in the Town Branch Neighborhood still. Charles Moody lives in West Fork.


Photos courtesy
of Wanda Peterson


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