Dickson Street

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West Dickson Street Commercial Historic District
Dickson Street, November 2012
Location Dickson St. between Arkansas Ave. & St. Charles Ave. & West Ave. between Dickson St. & Lafayette St., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°3′59″N 94°9′52″W / 36.06639°N 94.16444°W / 36.06639; -94.16444Coordinates: 36°3′59″N 94°9′52″W / 36.06639°N 94.16444°W / 36.06639; -94.16444
Area 235 acres (95 ha)
Architect Bill Sonneman, Paul Young
Architectural style Queen Anne, Classical Revival, others
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

07001028

[1]
Added to NRHP October 01, 2007

The West Dickson Street Commercial Historic District, known as Dickson Street (historically spelled incorrectly as Dixon Street) is an area in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas just off the University of Arkansas campus. It is lined with multiple bars, restaurants, and shops unique to the area. Many large condo projects are now under construction as well. Dickson Street is home to the Walton Arts Center, and serves as the focal point of the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ bike festival, the third largest bike rally in the nation.[2]

Dickson Street is widely considered as one of the two most popular entertainment districts in the state, along with the River Market district in downtown Little Rock.

Eponym[edit]

Dickson Street is named for Joseph L. Dickson, who arrived in Fayetteville in the 1840s. The move was in response to his father, Ephraim Dickson, receiving a promotion to United States Land Registrar by President James K. Polk. Dickson first lived on the Fayetteville square before buying a 20-acre (8.1 ha) parcel on the north edge of town, moving himself and his wife to present day Dickson Street. The American Civil War forced the Dicksons to flee to Texas, and their home was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Fayetteville. The Dicksons returned to Fayetteville after the war, but Joseph Dickson died of tuberculosis in 1868.[3]

Street History[edit]

Dickson Street formerly was a part of the Arkansas Highway System until the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department abandoned the route on April 13, 1955. The designation changed when Highway 16 was rerouted onto Maple Street and Razorback Road.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Bikes Blues & BBQ
  3. ^ Wappel, Anthony J; Simpson, Ethel C (2008). Once Upon Dickson, An Illustrated History, 1868–2000 (Hardback book) (First ed.). Fayetteville, AR: Phoenix International. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-9768007-7-4. 
  4. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting" (PDF). Arkansas State Highway Commission. April 13, 1955. pp. 1983–1984. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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