"Sam Made it Here-So Can You" Top 5 Page for this destination Bentonville by BruceDunning

Bentonville Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 232 photos

The town of Fame fo Retail

Wal Mart got its start claimed to be here, in the old Ben Franklin themed 5 and 10 cent store. They branched out into surrounding towns, and within 10 years had about 50 stores in the area, That then expounded expotentially. Now they have 3,510 Wal Marts, 350 Sam's Clubs and 150 Neighborhood Markets.

An Old Town Gone Retail

The old part of the town is mainly in a four block area in the old town square. The rest is traffic and retail all around. UGH.

It Melds into much retail

Between Bentonville with nearly 30,000 people and Rogers right next door with 50,000 people, there is a lot of retail and strip centers. WAl Marts are on a lot of sites here. This once was a peaceful sleepy little town and SAm and his Friend Dr. Compton used to walk and take canoe trips down Buffalo River. Not any more.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Select Few spots to tour
  • Cons:Traffic is a madness that you cannot avoid
  • In a nutshell:Go slow and enjoy the inside of the old town.
  • Last visit to Bentonville: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    I never imagined Walmart having a history centre! Love the old buildings and things to do and see. Nice Page!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Bruce, I can't believe that I am the first person who has a look at this great page. I didn't know much about the Wal Mart History, so the Wal Mart History Center seems to be well worth a visit. Greetings from Germany.

    • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
      Jun 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      It had a very interesting museum of the Walton brothers and also in town a great Indian museum. Come on over


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