Ola to Russellville

posted by rexnelson on February 9th, 2018

We cross the Petit Jean River just north of Ola as we make our way out of the Ouachita Mountains and into the Arkansas River Valley. We’ll spend the night on Mount Nebo and have breakfast the next morning at the Old South in Russellville before heading into the Ozarks.

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Hot Springs to Ola

posted by rexnelson on February 6th, 2018

We head north on Arkansas Highway 7 out of Hot Springs and into the heart of the Ouachita Mountains.

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The Spa City

posted by rexnelson on January 22nd, 2018

The fire that destroyed much of the Majestic Hotel in the winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for Hot Springs. In the four years since the fire, downtown has seem 86 businesses open or expand. As we drive up Central Avenue, the progress downtown is evident.

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Arkadelphia to Hot Springs

posted by rexnelson on January 15th, 2018

As we head north out of Arkadelphia, we stop for the walk to what we simply referred to as The Bluff when I was a boy.

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Arkadelphia: Athens of Arkansas

posted by rexnelson on December 29th, 2017

Arkadelphia once promoted itself as the Athens of Arkansas. This college town certainly has a history that can support such a claim.

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Camden to Arkadelphia

posted by rexnelson on December 28th, 2017

We cross the Ouachita River at Camden and continue our trek north on Arkansas Highway 7. The woods are thick here, and the road is narrow and curvy.

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Camden on the Ouachita

posted by rexnelson on December 27th, 2017

The oil boom that began in the 1920s along with the timber industry kept Camden hopping for years. These are harder times economically, but the city still oozes history and Southern charm.

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El Dorado to Camden

posted by rexnelson on December 26th, 2017

A few oil wells are visible as we drive north out of El Dorado on Arkansas Highway 7. Oil defines the modern history of this part of south Arkansas.

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The Louisiana line to El Dorado

posted by rexnelson on December 22nd, 2017

The task: To take Arkansas Highway 7 from the Louisiana state line north to where it runs into Bull Shoals Lake in Boone County. It’s a quiet Tuesday morning as we start on the Louisiana line.

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Maxwell Blade’s Malco

posted by rexnelson on December 15th, 2017

The revitalization of downtown Hot Springs rolls on. Now it’s the fully renovated Malco Theatre and Maxwell Blade’s magic show.

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