|City/Town: • Lake Village • Southern Arkansas|
|Location Class: • Commercial|
|Built: • 1900s | Abandoned: • Unknown|
|Historic Designation: • National Register of Historic Places (2011)|
|Status: • Abandoned • Endangered|
|Photojournalist: • Ginger Beck|
The faded sign of “Bee Hive Fashions” is the only real identifying exterior clue of this building (exact dates of operation unknown) which has been abandoned for years, although it remains hanging on, albeit barely, at the end of a block of buildings on the historic Main Street in Lake Village. Relics of its past are still strewn about the store, while parts of the original floor are covered in mud from the collapsed ceiling and balmy delta weather.
The Lake Village Commercial Historic District encompasses the historic commercial heart of Lake Village, Arkansas, the county seat of Chicot County in the Mississippi River delta region of southeastern Arkansas.
The district covers about six square blocks of downtown Lake Village, bounded roughly by Jackson Street to the north, Lakeshore Drive to the east, Church Street to the south, and Chicot Street to the west. This area represents the growth of Lake Village during its period of greatest prosperity, between 1906 and 1960. The city’s growth was spurred by the arrival of the railroad in 1903, and most of the district’s buildings were built between 1900 and 1930.
The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
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