After the flood

posted by rexnelson on May 25th, 2017

Downtown Pocahontas sits high above the Black River and wasn’t adversely affected by this month’s flood along the Black River. For those who love history, it’s a special place.

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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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