October 11, 2006 - Posted at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jonesboro, AR - This weekend is the K8-8k but it's also the Fergus Snoddy half-marathon. Many people have been wondering who is Fergus Snoddy, so we're here to find out.
Who is Fergus Snoddy? -www.fergussnoddy.com
In the fall of 1859, four men set out on horseback to find a location for the new county seat. They found the highest location in the area an then walked about 150 yards west to a a spot that is now the southwest corner of Main St. and Oak Avenue. This area seemed appropriate to serve as the center of the new town, so the men drove a wooden stake into the ground an officially named the town Jonesboro.
Jonesboro was later reestablished in another location when a local farmer took an interest in the new town. Fergus Snoddy offered fifteen acres of his family farm hoping that he might benefit from his close proximity to the town's foundation. The county land surveyor of J.N. Burk found a slight clearing in the woods on the newly acquired land, which seemed like an ideal location to establish the town center. Hunters resistd the new developments, because this clearing was one of the best deer crossings in the region. The swampy area nearby was visited by thousands of ducks in the winter months, and the banks of Lost Creek served as excellent feeding frounds for wild turkeys.
Despite the misgivings of local hunters, the newly acquired land was soon divided into lots, and revenues from sales were used to byild a new frame courthouse. Construction of the courthouse began in 1862, but a fire destroyed this building in 1869. Jonesboro's modern day courthouse still resides on the same plot as the original courthouse. --
Now we know who Fergus Snoddy was and what he did for Jonesboro, but we still don't have pictures or any idea of what he might have looked like, so we're going to need your help!
The Fergus Snoddy Half-Marathon is Saturday October 14th, at Craighead Forest Park. The starting point is by the boat launch where the old swimming area used to be. We want you to come dressed as what you think Fergus Snoddy looked like back in 1859. You can wear it and run the race or just show up and cheer on the runners. Try to be there by 7:15-7:30 a.m.
We will judge the dress-up contestants that morning, but we will announce the winner on Good Morning Region Eight Wednesday morning.
If you can't make it to the race, you can draw a picture of what you think Fergus Snoddy looked like. You can send it to us here at the station, but we have to recieve it by Tuesday October 17th.
Winners will be announced Wednesday, October 18th. Prizes are one $50 gift certificate to Fat City and one $50 gift certificate to El Chico.