Rush Historic District, Yellville

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The Rush Historic District is a zinc mining region of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Now located within Buffalo National River, the district includes ruins dating from 1880 to 1940. The area was an important part of what became known as the North Arkansas Lead and Zinc District, and played a role in the development of railroads and modern infrastructure in the area.

During World War I the Rush Creek mines were the center of the zinc industry in Arkansas. Ten mining companies operated 13 developed mines within the district, more than in any other mining district within the North Arkansas District.

The buildings, structures, and ruins at Rush are the last visible remains of historic zinc mining activity in Arkansas. Of the other mining districts which once stretched across northern Arkansas, only limited debris now marks those sites. Rush is the only area left to retain not only the mines, but also buildings, structures, and ruins pertaining to mining and community life. The Rush Historic District exists today within the same environment and setting as it did during its periods of historic significance. Nearly as isolated today as it was historically, it has been little touched by time. The ghost town, mines, and waste piles visible on the bluffs immediately set the flavor of the district as an abandoned mountain mining community. The buildings, structures, ruins, and sites in the district exist in the same relationships as they did during the mining era.
The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
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  • This isn't for everyone but I love stuff like this. There are 5 full structures remaining and then some parts of the mills on the walking tour about a quarter mile further down the road. Some good.....  more »
  • We drove to this area (which is within the Buffalo National River area of the NPS), but spent plenty of time hiking/walking. So interesting. Several adjacent mining communities, defined by who owned.....  more »
  • Nice trail with very different, diverse sections. Feels like 3-4 different trails combined in one. And see the few remaining buildings while you can. They're not being restored once they collapse.
  • The info boards along the small trail are so informative and it's amazing to picture the life of the miners from so long along. Worth a visit for sure , just make sure you wear some good hiking shoes.

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