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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More hall of famers

posted by rexnelson on March 24th, 2017

Jacques & Suzanne’s. Purple Cow. 1620. Alouette’s. Their roots go back to four men.

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Arkansas now has a Food Hall of Fame

posted by rexnelson on March 14th, 2017

Arkansas now has its own Food Hall of Fame. And the first three restaurants inducted, along with the other nine finalists, all are classics.

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The weekend drive

posted by rexnelson on March 8th, 2017

Make the drive to St. Mary’s Mountain one Saturday morning. Enjoy the view. Admire the inside of the church. Make sure to leave a small cash donation. Have lunch nearby and perhaps bring home some Arkansas wine. By all means, do your part to revive that old Arkansas tradition known as the weekend drive.

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A room with a view

posted by rexnelson on March 3rd, 2017

With the new view from the renovated Thompson Building, a visitor to Hot Springs gains a renewed sense of the city’s rich history.

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