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Ragsdale Farmhouse

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City/County/Congressional District: , Union County ( District 4 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1898
Historic Designation: N/A
Status: Demolished

The original two-room house was built by John Robert Ragsdale in the El Dorado vicinity of Union County in 1898, and was expanded by his brother, William Franklin Ragsdale, in 1926. The Ragsdale family grew crops that were typical on an Arkansas farm of the period, including cotton, corn, and sugar cane. The farm also had a fruit orchard and vegetable garden, and the Ragsdale family also kept hogs, cows, and mules. The Ragsdale Farmhouse was representative of a rural Arkansas farmhouse of the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries. Until demolition, the farmhouse and the original smokehouse remained in the Ragsdale family. Although the house had remained in the Ragsdale family since it was built, maintaining the property had been difficult. Since this listing, the property has been demolished.