This time of year, with temps soaring over 90 degrees, I often get asked, “Are your cabins air conditioned?” To which I have been known to reply, “We couldn’t be in business in Arkansas in the summer if we didn’t!”
It’s true! Although our wonderful tall pines provide a lot of shade, no one could stay indoors for long without A/C. We “modern” Americans take A/C for granted. But it was not so universal before the sixties. Think about what our 19th-century ancestors must have endured in layers of clothing with long sleeves, buttoned collars, and dresses that dragged the ground!
The electric fan was invented in 1882 and caught on quickly. But most towns weren’t electrified until the twenties. In 1947, when the Tall Pines cabins were built, the owner’s home was a “dogtrot house” with a middle passageway, open at both ends to allow air flow. As late as 1950, home service accounted for only 5% of the air conditioning business in Arkansas.
Things changed in 1951 when an inexpensive window unit became available. By 1962, 35% of Arkansas’ homes were air conditioned; that number grew to 71% by 1980 and today stands at 97%. No surprise!
So rest assured, you can be comfortable inside our cabins. And there’s always the pool!
(Much of this information was taken from an article by Tom Dillard that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.)