Into the Ozarks

posted by rexnelson on August 24th, 2016

We headed up Arkansas Highway 103 toward Oark on a Saturday earlier this summer. Hamburgers and adventure awaited.

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Peaches and coal

posted by rexnelson on August 5th, 2016

Although the peach industry is no longer a major part of the Johnson County economy, they still celebrate the peach each summer in downtown Clarksville.

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A Delta cultural stew

posted by rexnelson on August 3rd, 2016

Everything from Delta Jews to the blues: We’re talking about the rich cultural mix that makes east Arkansas such a fascinating place.

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David Solomon at 100

posted by rexnelson on July 26th, 2016

I’m glad I was there on that hot Saturday afternoon for David Solomon’s 100th birthday party on Biscuit Row at Helena. He’s one of the last of the Delta Jews.

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Along U.S. Highway 67: Part 3

posted by rexnelson on July 18th, 2016

U.S. Highway 67 in southwest Arkansas has a rich history. A rest area between Gum Springs and Curtis along with the bridge over the Little Missouri River are on the National Register of Historic Places, in fact.

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Along U.S. Highway 67: Part 2

posted by rexnelson on July 13th, 2016

DeSoto Bluff, Gum Springs and the Hoo-Hoo monument at Gurdon: All worth stops while heading toward the southwest on U.S. Highway 67.

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Along U.S. Highway 67

posted by rexnelson on July 12th, 2016

Sometimes it’s better to take the highway than the interstate. On U.S. Highway 67, there’s everything from the old “nervous hospital” to the brick plant to breakfast at Keeney’s in Malvern.

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Eating our way west on U.S. 82

posted by rexnelson on July 8th, 2016

We crossed the Red River bridge on U.S. Highway 82 and found ourselves in Miller County. There was more eating to be done.

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Along U.S. Highway 82

posted by rexnelson on July 7th, 2016

The Purple Hull Pea Festival was over, and it was time to head west on U.S. Highway 82 from Magnolia to Texarkana. There was food to be eaten and there were towns to be explored.

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Cotton country: Part 3

posted by rexnelson on July 5th, 2016

Sven Beckert ends his book “Empire of Cotton” this way: “A world that seems stable and permanent in one moment can be radically transformed in the next. The capitalist revolution, after all, perpetually re-creates our world, just as the world’s looms perpetually manufacture new materials.” Those words ring loudly in my ears as I consider the fate of the Arkansas Delta.

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