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Best Little Town

Wayne Boyce
Foreword by Morris S. Arnold

Published Date: May 15, 2015

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A Brief History of Tuckerman, Arkansas
180 pages
12 photographs
6 x 9

About this book

In this well-researched developmental history of his hometown in Arkansas, author Wayne Boyce successfully documents the early beginnings of Tuckerman and accurately depicts how middle America was established.

About the author

Wayne Boyce was born in Tuckerman, Arkansas, in 1926. He earned a BA from the University of Arkansas and a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law School, where he later taught and founded the legal clinic. Since retiring from the practice of law, Boyce has been pursuing two other lifelong interests: history and writing.


Morris S. Arnold is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit and the author of Rumble of a Distant Drum: The Quapaws and the Old World Newcomers, 1673–1804.


“Jackson County, where I was born, is the home of Tuckerman, Arkansas, a special place endowed with an abundance of diverse history. And my friend Wayne Boyce has done a thorough job of making this history come to life through his determination to put his research efforts and memories on paper. Aptly named Best Little Town, Boyce’s book details Tuckerman’s past—from prehistoric times forward—and includes everything from the people who have populated the area to the physical, economic, and political events that have shaped this part of our state. Best Little Town, will bring hours of discovery for people of all ages.”

—Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas, 2007–2015


“This is rich history. Wayne Boyce gives us a snapshot of a small Arkansas farming town from pioneer days to the twenty-first century. The writing is superb and the research is meticulous. Here is everything you want to know about outdoor privies, slow-moving sloughs, and horse-driven cotton gins, all nudged along into a very satisfying present.”

—Roy Reed, former New York Times reporter and author of Beware of Limbo Dancers



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