The Cow Pen burned down several years ago but was rebuilt and is now operating as Table 82 @Cowpen. A new bridge was built over the Miss River so the new place is close to original but not in same area .
Yes cotton and rice acreages are down , not only in Arkansas but also La. and Miss. The former cotton grounds are very fertile and today many of the larger cotton farms are hugh grain producing enterprises today. Round Up seed technology and high yields allow those operations to continue to produce at yields equal to some of best in Iowa and Illinois. 300bpa corn and 75 bpa soybeans are common on the rich land with normal weather. Harvest of both is August and September and usually over by this time of the year. Cotton supported more business than the grain costs do so local economies suffered all up and down the Mississippi River and traditional farming areas. Hard to drive through these areas today compared to what they were in the 1960’s relative to agriculture.
I grew up on a cotton farm in eastern Arkansas and paid for my college at UA with some insect scouting and commodity trading endeavors, thus link to my username here. Worked in Miss and La in commodity business for 25 years before moving to St.louis for work purposes. Lived in Greenville during that time and had many a great night at the Cow Pen.