“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”
A Tale of Two Cities, 1859
This opening sentence, arguably one of the most recognized in English literature, was penned by Charles Dickens over 150 years ago to describe an era even 80 years prior. The chief protagonists in this tale? London and Paris; only separated by a small channel of water.
Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
If you did not know when the above quote was written or to whom it pertained, it could refer to many subjects of many eras gone-by. As is the case with our two towns. Separated only by an imaginary line, their history, stories and characters have intertwined Hoxie and Walnut Ridge since before they were incorporated.
Not as well-known as Dickens’ cities, we too have a tale to tell…