A Brief History of Conway, Arkansas

Colonel Asa Peter Hosmer Robinson (Grave, 2011)

Conway is the county seat of Faulkner County, Arkansas. Conway is unusual in that the majority of its residents do not commute out of the city to work. The city of Conway was founded by Asa P. H. Robinson, who came to the area shortly after the Civil War. Robinson was the chief engineer for the Little Rock – Fort Smith Railroad, now the Union Pacific. Part of his compensation was the deed to a tract of land, one square mile, located near the old settlement of Cadron. When the railroad came through, Robinson deeded a small tract of his land back to the railroad for a depot site. He laid off a town site around the depot and named it Conway Station, in honor of a famous Arkansas family that included the state’s first elected governor, James Sevier Conway. Conway Station contained two small stores, two saloons, a depot, some temporary housing and a post office. The name was eventually shortened to Conway (Wikipedia, 2019).


Citations

Find a Grave. (2011, Mar. 26). Col Asa Peter Hosmer Robinson. Retrieved from findagrave.com.

Wikipedia. (2019, Jul. 19). Conway, Arkansas. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org.