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Salem City

Salem City Hall is located at 114 West Locust Street, Salem, AT 72576; phone: 870-895-3333.

Salem derives its income from marketing cattle, hogs and feed crops and from the business of county government. The Fulton County Courthouse in it square at the middle of the town, is a two-story brick structure erected in 1892, with high mansard roof and dormer windows. Farmers in town on Saturday afternoons gather around the local creamery to receive their weekly checks for milk.

Money was seldom seen when this remote Ozark area was being settled during the middle of the 19th century, and the pioneers used products of the land as mediums of exchange. "When my father first located," wrote William Monks (History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, 1907), "beeswax, peltry and fur skins almost constituted the currency of the country ... A man thought nothing of buying a horse or a yoke of oxen, or to make any other common debt on the promise of discharging the same in beeswax and peltry, in one month's time."

  1. Works Progress Administration, Federal Works Agency, Arkansas Writers' Project, Arkansas: A Guide to the State, American Guide Series, Arkansas State Planning Board, 1941.
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