The city of Conway's "oldest citizens" are its beloved live oaks. From the City of Conway:
"The preservation of trees and natural vegetation is deeply rooted in the history of Conway and is a critical public concern. The live oak trees which line many of streets in Conway are probably the City’s most prized and protected natural resource. The city’s history of protecting its trees dates back to the 1780’s. Local legend has it that when the large oaks along Main Street were threatened by the construction of the railroad, Mrs. Mary Beaty appeared with a loaded shotgun and demanded that the construction workers 'touch not a single bough'. The actions of Mrs. Mary Beaty have inspired the citizens of Conway to actively protect live oak trees and other indigenous tree species."
Learn more: Protecting Conway's Oldest Citizens, the City of Conway