During the Great Depression, nearly 500 families lived on the Dyess Colony, a New Deal settlement that helped destitute farmers get back on their feet. It is now more famous as the childhood home of Johnny Cash, who moved to Dyess in 1935. In partnership with the City of Dyess and an NEH Challenge Grant that helped raise an additional $1.5 million, Arkansas State University set out to save the Colony’s historic buildings in 2011. The Federal Administration Building now houses a museum that connects visitors with the history of the New Deal and the Depression, while the Cash homestead has been meticulously restored. Since it opened in 2014, Historic Dyess Colony has attracted visitors from every state and 48 foreign countries to the rural area.
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