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Cotton Belt passenger service ended on November 30, 1959, and Rock Island passenger service ended eight years later, on November 10, 1967.   Rock Island and Cotton Belt jointly maintained a freight agent in the depot until the Rock Island bankruptcy in March 1980. Cotton Belt continued to staff the station for several years thereafter before closing the building. Cotton Belt, and later Union Pacific, purchased Rock Island trackage eastward from Brinkley to Memphis, but Rock Island trackage west from Brinkley to North Little Rock (along the north side of the depot) was abandoned and subsequently removed in the mid-1980s.

Bill Pollard
Conway, AR