The cotton wagons on Front Street wait while the cotton buyers move among them grading the fiber and deciding which bales to buy for their employers in northern mills.  To the left is the old train depot where the buyers could have their newly purchase bales loaded up for shipment to the North.  This was the era when cotton was king, and by 1920 Jackson County was one of the 20 wealthiest counties in the United States.

From the Robert Craig Collection.

Watson, Tim, and Elizabeth Jacoway. Newport and Jackson County. Arcadia Publishing, 2016.