Unknown Gas and Grocery

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Year Built: 1927 | Year Abandoned: 1972
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEddy Sisson

In the early 1900’s in the town of Otto, a brand new gas station called the Cartwright store opened. The owner, Mr. Cartwright and his family lived in the back of the store and operated the business during the day. Business and income was doing well, until the facility burned in 1927. However, this did not stop the Cartwright’s. Immediately after the fire a brand new stone building was constructed across the street. As indicated by the drawings, banners, and papers on the wall at the front of the store, family was important to the business.

In 1972, Otto was to small of a town to continue operating the grocery store and closed their doors. Several years past and the old structure was gobbled up by trees mother nature. From the road you can still see the façade of brick integrated with stone. The old gas pumps were removed, however and old sign with the gas price of 26 cents still remains inside.

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krogerexperiencee
1 year ago

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Funmonkey99
Funmonkey99
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1 month ago

What is your website called? would be interested in looking at it.

Linda G Holland
Linda G Holland
1 year ago

This was the only store around violonia .i lived there on a 52 acea farm . This was in the 60's i knew the Cartwright's. I don't understand why it is abandon who owns the land? Lots of people with the lasr name of Cartwright around Arkansas.

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3 years ago

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Amy
Amy
5 years ago

How would someone go about trying to purchase such a place?

thepigeonpost
thepigeonpost
5 years ago
Shawn H.
Shawn H.
6 years ago

Awesome! I love the vines in the pipes. We saw a great place yesterday on Hey 64, east side of Morrilton. It was an old structural steel business. Big old metal bldg surrounded by crazy sculptures, manikin legs and nature. Very cool but no time to take pics!

Cheryl
Cheryl
6 years ago

Love old buildings and houses. !

Brenda
Brenda
6 years ago

Thanks AAR. I love old building and history!

Melanie
Melanie
6 years ago

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

Rich
Rich
6 years ago

Was this a Silas Owens masonry job?

Kristen
Kristen
6 years ago

Love the old containers & the M.M. Cohn package! I do hope y'all wear masks & other protective gear in these places…they all look moldy.

G. Walker
G. Walker
6 years ago

Buildings were so much more attractive back then. I dislike all the new glass buildings. They have no character at all.

Norm Judd
Norm Judd
6 years ago

You all need to go to Witts Springs Arkansas and check the old high school and buildings.

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