Since the last Toad Suck Daze, lovers of our area have been blessed with a new book dedicated to the history of Faulkner County.
Dr. Roger Pauly of the University of Central Arkansas has written and published Historic Faulkner County: An Illustrated History.
Participating in the publication of the colorful book through its commissioning was the Faulkner County Historical Society with support from the Faulkner County Museum, the University of Central Arkansas Archive and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The history book is available at the Faulkner County Museum.
Pauly presents a choice of answers for the question of how Toad Suck Ferry got its name, including the popularly accepted one about the boatmen who, marooned because of low water, lay around and sucked from bottles of spirits so long that they “swelled up like toads.”
The Toad Suck crossing of the Arkansas River was served by a ferry from 1820 until 1970 when the Kerr/McClellan Arkansas River Navigation System was completed. There was no question the official name of the crossing on Highway 60 connecting Faulkner and Perry Counties would be Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam.
As reported in last year’s official Toad Suck Daze guide, there are a hundred or more “Suck” locations in the U.S.
There’s Bear Suck in Oklahoma. Tennessee has Bee Suck, Bug Suck Lake and Mud Suck Creek.
There once was a Toadsuck, Texas, established long after Toad Suck, Ark. But when the railroad went around those
Texas pretenders, the community dried up.
Not one of these locations, however, has a three-day festival dedicated to and exalting the lowly toad.
Welcome to Toad Suck Daze. Have fun.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 505-1234.)