The most familiar version of the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think of this saying each time I pass by this old historic building in Downtown Rogers AR and it made me wonder where this old building got its name.
It’s not known exactly when this brick building was erected, the best guess is about 1894. The earliest use of the ground floor was Roger’s last saloon, The Blue Goose Saloon, which was there prior to 1896.
Sometime in 1907 for 1908 the building received the name the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule was a chain of stores similar to the old five and dime stores. James Cash Penney opened the first Golden Rule store in Wyoming in 1902 with a partner. When that partnership dissolved in 1907, James Cash Penny bought this store and another and in 1913, Penny changed the name to J.C. Penny’s .
Over the years, this building housed many different stores and homes were added upstairs in what was previous office space.
Today, this building is home to Showcase Trophies and the upstairs remained as living space. Downtown Rogers is becoming a hot spot and many of the old buildings are receiving face lifts. A trip to Downtown Rogers is a must when visiting this area.