Coffee with a note of history.
Here at Retro Roasts, we embrace the history of our location in Downtown Russellville. You'll notice our roast and drink names are references to all things Russellville.
We are a small operation in Russellville, Arkansas whose goal is to make great coffee for great people. (That's you.) One way we're doing that is by throwing some interesting local history into our business model. So, whether you want to know more about Russellville or not- you're going to. Think of it as free conversation starters. You're welcome.
Summary of Roast Origins
Dr. Thomas Russell was the first person to buy a house on what was once the land of Osage and Cherokee Indians. Arkansas Nuclear One is the only Nuclear power plant in Arkansas, and has been since May 21, 1974. The Russellville Depot Station was built around 1910 by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. It is currently home to Main Street Russellville and is full of history you can go look at and read up on. 1870 was the year that Russellville was officially incorporated as a town, and ever since it's been growing into what it is today. 1870 was also the year that the Currier & Ives published The Arkansas Traveler print that became famous. The music sheet on our decaf roast is an excerpt from the Arkansas Traveler song that was once the Arkansas anthem. How does this connect to Russellville? The original painting was done right here in the area!
The rest, they say, is history. Which we will bring to the masses in the form of coffee beans.