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History of Beach Abstract & Guaranty Company

Beach Abstract has been dishing the dirt
, so to speak, on Arkansas land for more than 130 years. In fact, we didn’t just chronicle the history of Arkansas land ownership, our founders were players in the creation of that history.

Our founder, A.D. Beach, was a civil engineer from New York who was doing government surveying for a proposed shipping route across the Isthmus of Darien. We would later know that land mass as the Isthmus of Panama and the shipping lane as the Panama Canal. Poor health resulting from the mosquito infested terrain of Panama forced him to leave his work and relocate to Little Rock, where he took over the responsibilities of the late J. Fairfax Houghborough. Just 41 years after Arkansas statehood, Beach Abstract was founded in May, 1877, and began a tradition of making surveys, title searches and abstracts that would last into the second millennium.

Because some of our records date back to Arkansas’s territorial days, we have original records on Spanish Grant claims for land north of the Arkansas River, and on lands given to people in lieu of their original land that was damaged during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812. These are called New Madrid Grants. Today, we provide residential and commercial title insurance, escrow and closing services and 1031 tax free exchanges throughout the state from our offices in Pulaski, Saline, Garland and Lonoke  counties. Our commitment to the people and the history of Arkansas is as strong today as it was over a 130 years ago. And now, as then, you can depend on it.

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