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Piggott, Keith Boles Reports

Historical Piggott

PIGGOTT (KAIT) Like many cities in Region 8 Piggott grew up around a railroad but it's more than just the tracks and the buildings and the paved road. The history of Piggott is in it's people.

Marshall Wheeler, Resident, "Doctor Piggot the one for whom the town was named he came in 1873 with thirteen wagon loads of people and their belongings to find this great place to live."

 Depending on which account of Piggotts' history you read it had a couple of names before the present one, Lowrance which was the original name of the cemetary and Houston. However when doctor Piggott convinced the government to move the post office from Chalk Bluff to the present townsite the postoffice was named after the doctor and the name stuck.

 The town spreads out from the block around the courthouse, the original courthouse mysteriously burned in 1893 and the new one built in 1899 was an imposing 2 story structure.

 Bob Martin, Resident, "It was good sized, it had a steeple, I recall it may have had a bell up there but I never did see the bell. When they decided it was time to tear it down they liked to never got it tore down, it was well built. It had 13 inch walls or better."

 Marshall Wheeler and Bob Martin grew up in Piggott.

As kids they got their entertainment where they could.

 Martin, "created our own games and everything like that, played football, played baseball if we could get enough twine to wind up to make a ball."

 Wheeler, "Every church in town had a vacation bible school and we'd try and make em all. They didn't have them all at the same time, and we could go from one to another and that kept us entertained throught the summer."

 On Saturdays everyone came to town to shop and sell their produce.

 Martin, "They come to town to get their groceries, they brought their cream, chickens and eggs down to sell them. They get their groceries and go back home."

 The 4th of July parade and picnic is a tradition that dates back as long as anybody can remember. Besides the fun it provides a valuable service to the community.

 Martin, "They would have the parade in the morning, the picnic all day and fireworks at night. Then the money they raised from that event went to the upkeep of the Piggott cemetary."

 Wheeler, "and they had things like kiddy cars that went round in the circle for small children and swings on chains that swung out . They didn't have a lot of stuff but we were tickled to death to get to ride them."

 Piggotts history is rich, but the real wealth lies within her people.

 Martin, "In a small community like this, everybody knows everybody, and it's more of a family."

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