Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: Beatles Abbey Road in ArkansasThe Beatles changed planes at Walnut Ridge airport September 1964. The milestone was noted in 2011 with a 10-foot-tall Abbey Road album cover, fronted by silhouettes of the Fab Four, by artist Danny West .
- 110 SW 2nd St., Walnut Ridge, AR
- Downtown, at 110 Abbey Road (formerly SW 2nd St.), a half-block south of W. Main St., next to Adriana's Mexican Restaurant.
- Lit at night.
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The only time the Beatles ever set foot in Arkansas was in September 1964, when they changed planes at secluded Walnut Ridge airport en route to a weekend vacation in Missouri. Their time on the ground was measured in minutes, but it was enough for the town to erect a tribute to the Fab Four in 2011.
It's a 20-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall engraved aluminum version of the Abbey Road album cover, fronted by life-size silhouettes of John, Paul, George, and Ringo in carbon steel plate. The sculpture is lit at night, and local artist Danny West worked into it over 30 hidden references to Beatles song titles, album names, and Walnut Ridge.
The sculpture was supposed to occupy the spot where the Beatles actually stood, but was relocated downtown when the airport feared that crowds visiting it would be too large.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 02/11/2012]