Johnny Cash’s family was part of Arkansas history long before his music became famous.
To colonize rural Arkansas during the Great Depression, families were recruited to occupy and work farmland. It began with 13 families in 1934. Only a year later, the Cash family moved to the area in 1935 as one of 500 families recruited to expand Dyess colony.
Cash grew up in this colony home until he graduated from high school in 1950. This house, one of the few from the New Deal-era colony, is open to visitors, helping them discover the unique colony that inspired much of Cash’s music.
– Rebecca Hastings, The Arkansas 100