Spring on the Spring

posted by rexnelson on May 15th, 2017

Rural Arkansas serves up surprises around every turn. The Spring River country around Mammoth Spring and Hardy is particularly attractive.

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Cafeteria fare

posted by rexnelson on May 11th, 2017

Locally owned cafeterias are becoming hard to find. Bryce’s in Texarkana is but a memory. Here’s hoping that Franke’s in Little Rock will flourish for many years to come.

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The pizza man

posted by rexnelson on May 8th, 2017

“We’re lucky to have gotten that guy,” a Hot Springs civic leader told me. “That guy” happens to make pizzas on Park Avenue.

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The farkleberry

posted by rexnelson on May 4th, 2017

In Little Rock, the fruit of the farkleberry — and memories of George Fisher and Orval Faubus — live on.

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Spring at Couchwood

posted by rexnelson on April 20th, 2017

Massachusetts may have the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod, but Arkansas has Couchwood on Lake Catherine.

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The wisdom of Solomon

posted by rexnelson on April 14th, 2017

Arkansas lost one of its most important civic leaders last month when David Solomon died in Helena at age 100.

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Wide-open days in the Spa City

posted by rexnelson on April 6th, 2017

It’s impossible to tell the stories of the thousands of well-known and colorful characters who have hung out in Hot Springs through the decades. There are too many characters and too many stories to count. These are just a few.

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The hottest spring

posted by rexnelson on April 3rd, 2017

Spring is still the prime tourist season in Hot Springs. But things were really hopping in 1962 when Robert H. Boyle of Sports Illustrated paid a visit.

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Runyonesque track characters

posted by rexnelson on March 31st, 2017

I’ve been fortunate to know some Runyonesque characters at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs through the years. May their tribe increase.

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Bouncing back in Cleveland County

posted by rexnelson on March 28th, 2017

A key to economic development in the 21st century is creating a quality of life good enough that those natives who go elsewhere for college might return to start small businesses and raise their families. There may be fewer than 10,000 people in Cleveland County down in the pine woods of south Arkansas, but its business and civic leaders appear to have figured that out.

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