Collection: Jon Walter
Scanned by: James Whitlow
Go Big Red! Go Trailways! bought by Greyhound
Pictured above is the Trailways Bus Station in Walnut Ridge in May/June of 1988. These pictures were taken during the Bus Station consolidations that took place after Greyhound Lines Inc. purchased Trailways Corporation.
Just one year prior, the financially troubled Trailways Corporation, whose red-and-white buses once traveled to more than 40 states, conceded the nation’s roads to its much-larger rival, who bought the buses, terminals, and garages of Trailways for $80 million in cash.
Both companies had been battered by airline deregulation, which spurred passenger defections to lower-cost air travel, and the preference of many Americans to travel by car in an era of lower gasoline prices.
Walnut Ridge Station
The Trailways agent at Walnut Ridge at this time was Mr. Danny Sears, who had taken the position in the mid 1970’s after the retirement of the previous agent, Mr. Potter. According to his son, Dan, Mr. Sears suffered a stroke in 1989, and his wife, Pauline, ran the station until Trailways/Greyhound could find another agent. According to Mark Hanshaw, his father, Vic Hanshaw was the ticket agent there until the terminal was closed. I’m not certain when the station closed.
Next to the Trailways station, you can see a Barber Pole out by the street. This was Glen Campbell’s Barber Shop at one time. Prior to that it was Arch and Glover Rice’s Barber Shop, but in this picture the sign in the window says the Apostolic Church was meeting there.
Just past the Trailways station was the old Big Star, with the sign for Quality Stamps. This is now a Family Dollar Store. The Trailways station was demolished recently and replaced with a Car Wash.
Hoxie Trailways Stops
Prior to taking over the position in Walnut Ridge, Mr. Sears had been the Trailways agent in Hoxie since the 1950’s, selling tickets and moving freight at both of his Drug Store locations.
His first Drug Store was just north of the Frisco (now Burlington) Railroad tracks. That location had long been a Drug Store, first being Pringles Drugs, then Warner Drugs, then Sears Sundries. That building is one of the oldest still standing in Hoxie.
Later, he moved south of those tracks, into the old Hoxie Theater (where Iberia Bank sits now). This is where I remember Sears Drug Store, with Mrs. Sear’s Beauty Shop in the back, and the Trailways busses stopping in front.
Interior Pictures at Walnut Ridge Station
Click on the pictures below to view larger. You can see the ticket window, with the number for the local Taxi pasted to it. You can also see the bus schedule to the left of the window, showing eight stops at this station throughout the day.