Bauxite, Arkansas: Bauxite Museum and Teeth

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Bauxite Historical Association Museum

Address:
6707 Benton Rd, Bauxite, AR
Directions:
I-30 exit 123. Drive south on Hwy 183 for five miles to the Bauxite Post Office on the left. Turn left at the Museum sign onto School St. Drive one block and you'll see the museum on the right.
Hours:
W 10-2, Su 1:30-4, or by appt (Call to verify)
Phone:
501-557-9858
Admission:
Donations accepted.
RA Rates:
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Bauxite Museum.

Bauxite Museum and Teeth
Boomtown museum showcases stained yet healthy "Bauxite Teeth," an unexpected dental consequence of the town's bauxite mines that provided the aluminum for America's World War II planes. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/22/2014]

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Bauxite Museum and Teeth

Bauxite was once the center of U.S. aluminum production, home to Alcoa and Reynolds Metals operations. From 1900 to 1964, this was a boom town for aluminum ore, providing 90% of the bauxite needed to build bombers and fighter planes during World War II. This small museum presents artifacts of that period and the local mining industry.

The most interesting exhibit displays what are known as "Bauxite Teeth," a malady that affected workers and town residents in the early days of bauxite mining. While the local water stained and streaked smiles an ugly brown, doctors found the bauxite teeth to be healthier than normal, with harder enamel.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team w/nod to R.T. Johnson, 03/06/2006]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bauxite Miner Family StatueBauxite Miner Family Statue, Bauxite, AR - < 1 mi.
World's Only Building Made of BauxiteWorld's Only Building Made of Bauxite, Benton, AR - 4 mi.
Meals Served by Model TrainMeals Served by Model Train, Little Rock, AR - 17 mi.
In the region:
Giant Bull, Hot Springs, AR - 31 mi.

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