Bentonville Weather Bureau Postcard, 1924

By Larry Horton

I found this item (one of my favorites) in an old abandoned house when I was a teen, about 1977. The house was falling in and I was exploring, like I shouldn't have been... Anyway, it's a post card from the Bentonville Weather Bureau dated November 28, 1924. They evidently sent post cards out to whomever requested it, giving the weather forecast for a day or two at a time.

Bentonville was the smallest town in the United States to have a First Order Weather Bureau. It was provided through the help of native son and US Senator James H. Berry, and was a testament to the huge impact the Benton County apple market had on the United States as a whole. It was in operation until 1942 and was located on the northeast corner of NE 2nd and A.

Weather Bureau 1924

To my knowledge, this post card is the only one like it still in existence, as they were normally thrown away nearly as soon as they were received. 


Larry Horton has a Master's degree in history concentrating on southern US history in general and Bentonville in particular. He owns Bentonville Real Estate Company.  Read more on his history blog: www.bentonville123.com