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MEB Trailer Manufacturing sponsored the first plaque, which features Washboard Sam, as one of several to be featured in a heritage trail throughout Walnut Ridge. Hunter Ingram (from left) and Ron Ingram presented the plaque to Fran Cavanaugh, Jackie Snapp and Lorra Whitmire, who represented Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Chamber Tourism Committee.
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Heritage trail planned in WR

The first of many historic plaques to be featured in a heritage trail in Walnut Ridge was presented during the Beatles at the Ridge music festival on Sept. 19. Sponsored by MEB Trailer Manufacturing, the plaque tells of Washboard Sam, his history and his significance to the community.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said the trail will weave throughout various areas in downtown Walnut Ridge and along Main Street. Most plaques will feature information about historic properties in Walnut Ridge, but some, like the one donated by MEB, will focus on historic people.

Information about properties will be posted near the landmark described. Plaques on historic people are planned to be integrated into Beatles Park, according to Snapp.

The plaques will be consistent with the standards put forth at the Guitar Walk and Beatles Park and feature information, pictures and QR codes, which can be scanned for multimedia features.

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