An aerial view of Newport shot in 1940 shows the bend in the White River on the north side of town, with the blue bridge spanning the river and leading into the business district. Clearly, the devastation of the 1926 fire has been overcome, and a prosperous little town and fertile fields spread out where virgin hardwood forests used to stand. The Southern Cotton Oil Company is seen is right center. Cottonseeds were cooked and crushed for their oil.