Originally known as “Arthur,” it developed after 1907, when the Norfolk and Southern Railroad built a line through the area. It began when two Greenville businessmen, L. C. Arthur and C. T. Munford, bought what was known as the “Becton Farm,” and began subdividing the land and selling lots. The town was incorporated as “Arthur” in 1911. The town gained notoriety in 1916 as the home of “Gar Gar” Edwards, the cigar smoking three year old. On April 16, 1932, the entire business district burned down. In 1933, the town of Arthur was incorporated as “Bell-Arthur.” In 1966, the town lost its charter.