"RAILS REACH PETTIGREW!!!
Amid much excitement and anticipation, the rails of the Fayetteville & Little Rock have reached Pettigrew, Arkansas! The entire town was jubulant with the arrival of the two ribbons of steel. Fireworks boomed in the air, celebration abounded, even the canines of the town howled in accord with the big doings going on.
Fortunately there were no serious injuries during the various fireworks displays, nor were there many arrests made for drunken disorderly conduct in conjunction with discharging firearms within the township limits.
Pettigrew's connection with the outside world, yay, indeed their very survival as a bonefide Township, is now secure.
'We're just happier than a mud-wallowing hog laying in the sunshine!' remarked Pettigrew's Mayor, The Honorable I.M. Haughtaire.
Though town residents made like it was to become a most important terminal on the F&LR, truth is the rails are just passing through on their way over the Ozarks and to the riverboat town of Lewisbury. Still, this fact did not dampen the enthusiasm of those attending. Passing through or not, many timber companies are already represented in town and have purchased land for their saw mills.
No doubt, prosperous times are ahead for Pettigrew."
* The name "The Mountain Air" is factual and the moto "It's Always Blowing" is indeed attributed to St. Paul's long defunct newspaper.
EDIT: Below is a composite pic illustrating the same approximate location in Pettigrew during the 1920's, sometime last winter, and the rails arriving (just a few minutes ago!) in the virtual 1889 version!