What’s the ‘Rush’?

Ghost Town of Rush

Cool Ghost Town

While visiting Buffalo Point National Park in north central Arkansas, we drove by the ghost mining town of Rush. More like an outdoor gallery (You can look but you can’t touch) than a town, the site is rich in history and contains one or two old homes and a general store. Don’t blink or you’ll miss this historic treasure. Rush is just off the beaten path of the Lower Buffalo River where, in the late 1880s, the “rush” was on for zinc. We visited the abandoned zinc mine while hiking the Indian Rock House Trail.

Ghost Town of Rush

An old house and general store in Rush

Historical plaque at Rush

Historical plaque at Rush

“The ghost town of Rush stands as mute testimony to the activities of a bygone era….” reads a historical marker at the site. “Zinc carbonate ore was discovered in this valley in the late 1880s and the “rush” was on…”   You’ll have to visit Rush for the rest of the story or check out the links below.

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