Nice early photo dated 1904 of main street of small town of Manila Arkansas, located about 45 miles east of Jonesboro. Dirt road, horse and buggy in front of hotel in background. Signs for ‘JOLIFF.BROS.BARBER.SHOP’, ‘…SALOON’, ‘CAPITOL HOTEL’, ‘CELLULOID STARCH’, etc.
Written text in German on card:
United states of North America 9th --1904
...Manilla (Arkansas) near Jonesboro (Ark)..St Francis...Memphis..."Capitol Hotel"!!!
Photo glued to thick cardboard backing.
Photo: 3 ⅝” x 4 ⅝”
Card: 5 ⅛” x 7”
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Manila is a city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States.
Manila has its origins in a herdsman's camp established by John Needham in the late 1860s. By the late 1890s, a community known as "Cinda" (named after an early postmaster's sister) had developed in the area. In 1901, this community incorporated as a city, and chose the name "Manila" to honor Commodore George Dewey's 1898 victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.
In the early 1900s, the Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad (later part of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway system) extended a rail line to Manila.