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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Cotton country: Part 2

posted by rexnelson on July 1st, 2016

An invitation to speak to the annual summer meeting of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association here in Little Rock next month has had me reading up on the fascinating history of cotton cultivation in the South.

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Cotton country

posted by rexnelson on June 28th, 2016

At the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, they grow a couple of rows of cotton to show visitors. It’s a sign of the times in Arkansas.

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The hydroelectric battle

posted by rexnelson on May 17th, 2016

Few Arkansans remember Clyde Ellis. But he was the man who handed Arkansas Power & Light Co. a rare political defeat while bringing government-subsidized hydropower to a poor, rural state.

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Anita Davis and the South Main renaissance

posted by rexnelson on May 12th, 2016

These days, there are plenty of food, shopping and entertainment options along South Main Street in Little Rock, thanks in large part to a lady who remembers what it was like to grow up in Murfreesboro.

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