|City/Town: • Caulksville|
|Location Class: • Commercial|
|Year Built: • 1970's|
|Year Abandoned: • 2006|
|Status: • For Sale|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson|
This property isn’t necessarily “abandoned”, but it is closed down and for sale. It is in good condition right now. If you are interested in purchasing/leasing the property please contact Jim Evans (Info on sidebar) for more information.
A partnership of 7 individuals with the help of Bank of the Ozarks agreed to support the vision of Bob Evans, a local real estate broker, to create a recreation facility in the Caulksville/RatlitTcommunity in 1978 to serve the younger and adult population No facility of this type was available along Hwy 22 for a distance of +/- 80 miles from Ft Smith to Russellville Two acres were purchased and construction began on the 10.500 SF steel frame building.
In 1979 the partnership was reduced to 3 partners including Bob Evans. Thad Shircy (a local dentist) and Herschcl Cleveland Mr. Cleveland was an attorney from the Paris area who eventually rose to become Speaker for the State House of Representatives in Little Rock.
The bowling facility was operated by the family of Lewis Earl and Oleta Bennett. Lewis Earl was the golf pro at Little Creek Golf Club.
The business was operated successfully for many years due to strong league activity and youth participation The debt service was retired and all outstanding stock was eventually purchased by Bob Evan.
In 2006, due to increasing age and poor health, the Bennetts retired from management and the facility was closed pending new management To dale no new management has been located Bob Evans passed away in 2009.
The physical property consists of 2 acres on the state highway just north of Hwy 22 in Caulksvillc Paved parking of+/-1/3 acre is provided The building is 10,500 SF of insulated, heated and air conditioned space Twelve lanes of AMF equipment is included The building could easily be re purposed to an office/warehouse facility to house a boat. RV. cycle or vehicle dealership or repair shop.
*/THIS BUILDING IS SEALED TIGHT AND ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION! CONCERNED NEIGHBORS WILL CALL THE POLICE!*\