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First Anniversary

Today, September 26, 2008, marks the first anniversary of  Many thanks to all the loyal readers who have made the site a success and who also inspire me to keep it going.



There are two questions regarding this site that I am frequently asked, so here are the answers:

1.  “If I make or send a comment, does it automatically appear on the site?”  Answer:  No.  The site uses what is called “comment moderation.”  All comments come to me in the form of an e-mail, and I appreciate the feedback provided by each and every comment.  All non-spam comments do receive an e-mail reply from me.  (I suppose that I should be flattered that the site has received at least a small amount of spam comments.)  Due to space limitations, I have decided that unless a comment adds substantively to the historical aspect being discussed in a post, comments will not be shown on the site.  Also, no comment will be shown without the permission of the person making the comment.

2.  “Are you making any money out of this?”  Answer:  No, absolutely not.  Not a single penny.  For one thing, this site is hosted by, and their terms of service prohibit the display of advertisements on their sites by the persons who maintain the blogs (in this case, me).   However, even if I did attempt to make a profit from the site, it just does not have enough traffic, and it is not likely that, even if every person alive who ever lived in Bradley visited the site, it will ever have enough traffic to generate advertisement-related income.  I’m doing this first, because I enjoy it, and second, because I hope others will enjoy it.  For me, it’s fun. does reserve the right to place advertisements on their sites which would generate income for, but that also is unlikely because the traffic on this site will not justify their trouble in doing so, either.

I would like to thank each person who has visited the site in the slightly more than 3 months of its existence and all those who have taken the time to send comments.  The site has logged almost 2,000 hits in that time, far more than I ever anticipated.  I can only hope that its visitors enjoy viewing the site as much as I enjoy preparing it.


An Explanation

Why start a web site devoted to Bradley and the area around it?  It’s just a way to share some information about the small town where I’ve lived almost my entire life.

The plan is to make available some old photos, some information taken from old newspapers, from old diaries, from the Lafayette County Courthouse, and from other sources.  One other source of information will be the items in the Cochran Museum, which is located in the building formerly occupied by Cochran Hardware.

The Cochran-centric nature of much of the material found on this web site will be, for the immediate future, at least, unavoidable.  It is material accumulated over many decades by various members of the Cochran and McKnight families.  Nothing would please me more, however, than to have access to, and permission to show, material owned by others.

One matter that will not be found on this web site is persistent negativity.  There is no attempt at objectivity here.  Bradley, like any small town, is not without its issues, but this is a web site geared toward the good things about Bradley in its past and present.

This web site is in blog form because I’m definitely not an HTML coder and am now too old to learn.  Blog software (WordPress in this instance) is an easy way to avoid having to learn HTML.  Each new post is placed at the top of the front page, and the previous posts are pushed down the page.  Posts which are not on the front page may be accessed through the monthly “Archives” on the right sidebar. 

Posts will be irregular, at best.


Welcome to, a website in blog form about Bradley, Arkansas, and the area around it, past and present.