One Tank Travels: The Benton/Bryant/Bauxite Corridor

Thousands of people travel I-30 between Little Rock and Benton daily. What they may not know is while they are whizzing by, they are passing some interesting attractions and dining opportunities.

To me, this stretch is a terrific source for shopping if you like antique stores and flea markets. You can literally spend a few days doing nothing but looking for that perfect item or bargain. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and clothes then start exploring, shop by shop.

The fun begins in Bryant and goes through Benton to Bauxite.

Antiques and Uniques Market
22430 Interstate 30

Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall
22460 Interstate 30

Blackwell Antiques
23650 Interstate 30

Worknock’s Antiques
25190 Interstate 30
Bryant 72022

Benton I-30 Antique Mall
18325 Interstate 30

This & That Antiques
3851 Cottonwood Place

Another Man’s Treasure
3050 South Reynolds Road

You know you’re going to work up an appetite. Don’t worry. There are numerous dining choices in Bryant and Benton, ranging from locally owned restaurants to major chains. Brown’s Country Store & Restaurant Ed & Kay’s and Denton’s Trotline  are some long-timers in Benton. Larry’s Pizza and Whole Hog World Champion Barbecue,  two popular Arkansas-based chains, are found in Bryant.


Take a break during the day from the shopping and visit attractions in the area. In Bryant, you can see the Geographic Center of Arkansas monument. Be sure and drop in at Mary’s Place. You’ll find much to do including trackless train rides, a gift shop, a pumpkin patch and fresh produce in season. Also available are gardening supplies, yard furniture, fountains, and birdhouses.

When you get to Benton, you have the opportunity to visit a one-of-a-kind attraction in the world. The Gann Museum of Saline County is the only structure known made entirely of Bauxite. The exhibits include an extensive collection of Niloak pottery, originally developed in Benton and now highly collectible. The Shoppach House Historic Park features the oldest standing structure in Benton, an 1860s-1880s church, a 1940 post office, and a covered well.

Some excellent local talent is showcased at the Royal Theatre.  Several productions are offered throughout the year in this historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Not far away is the Bauxite Museum. The history of this former company town is spread out over three decades, from the ‘20s to the ’50s. A life-sized bronze statue pays homage to the local miners.

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