Seniors Enjoy Springdale


Springdale, the fourth-largest city in Arkansas, is located in both Washington and Benton counties in Northwest Arkansas. This senior has driven through Arkansas several times going south from Iowa, but I did not realize that Springdale was that large, around 75,000.

It’s history goes way back, founded in 1838 and was originally known as Shiloh. In 1840, a Baptist church was founded in the town but the building was burned down during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1868. In 1878, the town was incorporated with the name of Springdale.

Tyson Foods corporate headquarters is in Springdale and accounts for much of the city’s growth and economics.   One of the largest US chicken producers, Tyson’s fresh meats division makes it a giant in the beef and pork sectors, as well. It helped to put Springdale on the map.

Railroad, Baseball and Rodeo Draws Seniors


The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) has its corporate headquarters in Springdale. If you enjoy baseball, the NW Arkansas Naturals invite senior visitors to the Arvest Ballpark for a great game. Stop in and visit The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, a regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The museum takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh.

The Rodeo of the Ozarks is an American Classic for over 70 Years. In an effort to find relief from the stress of World War II, Rodeo of the Ozarks began on the patriotic weekend of the fourth of July by founder, Shorty Parsons and today is one of the top 5 Outdoor rodeos in the entire United States.


No matter the season, downtown Springdale has much to offer. Stroll tree-lined Emma Avenue and you’re steps away from some of northwest Arkansas’ best visitor venue. No matter your entertainment taste, Springdale can deliver a memorable experience that might just require more than one visit.

Seems like there’s always something happening in Springdale. From the region’s best community theater to Friday night firework shows at Arvest Ballpark, your visit to Springdale will be a memorable one. For all senior oenophiles, you will be invited for free wine tasting, 7 days a week at the Tontitown Winery that is housed in the “o House” built in 1917.

So stop in northwest Missouri and enjoy a day or two in Springdale.  jeb

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