Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home in Region 8 Tops List of Endangered Historic Places in Arkansas

MAY 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A preservation group says a baseball stadium that won't have a purpose after this year's season is over and the boyhood home of a country music star who died three years ago are among ten historic places in Arkansas in danger of being lost.

The small house in which Johnny Cash grew up in the small northeast Arkansas town of Dyess topped the list issued by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

The group has compiled similar lists since 1999 in an effort to educate people about the importance of the state's historic sites.

Also on the list is the Dyess Colony Administration Building in Dyess, located near Cash's boyhood home in Mississippi County.

The preservation group also selected Ray Winder Field, the home of the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team, as being endangered.  The Travelers are scheduled to play their first game in a new North Little Rock stadium next year, leaving Ray Winder's history and future up in the air.  Completed in 1932, Ray Winder is the fifth oldest minor league park in the country.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)