Our Next Meeting,  Tuesday, January 22
6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room, Baxter County Library


"Defining the Land: Some History of Surveying,” is the topic which will be presented by Bennie Goforth, guest speaker at the January meeting of the Baxter County Historical Society. The meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room of the Donald W. Reynolds Library.

     Bennie is a Baxter County native, born at the old Saltzman hospital in Mountain Home, and raised in the Arkana Community. He attended Norfork schools through his high school graduation.

     A surveyor by trade and training, Bennie followed in the footsteps of recent generations of his family. His father Warren Goforth, grandfather John E. Goforth, and his great-grandfather, Thomas Beattie Goforth, were all surveyors. In fact, Bennie’s great-grandad Thomas was the surveyor who measured out shape of Baxter County when it was formed from surrounding counties in the early 1870s.

     Bennie got his training in surveying and related subjects at Arkansas State University, Arkansas Central University, Missouri School of Mines in Rolla and at the University of Arkansas. Along with study of surveying he majored in history. When not surveying he is employed in the sporting goods department of Orcheln’s in Mountain Home.

In his talk for the Historical Society Bennie plans to share some of his own family history and recount his own experiences as a surveyor and some history of surveying in Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase. A question and answer time will follow his talk.

The meeting is free, open to everyone and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society meets
on the 4th Tuesday of each month to conduct business, enjoy an informative
and interesting presentation from a guest speaker and for socializing and snacks.
Our meetings are free and guests are always welcome!

Special meetings are occasionally held at other times and locations. Announcements regarding special meetings will be made in The Baxter Bulletin, on KTLO, and posted on this website.