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Old 07-05-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Hot Spring/Garland County - A mountain northwest of Magnet Cove on the Hot Spring/Garland County Line is covered with prehistoric quarries for over a mile along the top and in some places a short way down the side. We worked several years to map them but never got all of them. Most are pits but this trench is spectacular. It is so big it shows up on Google Earth. I appears the Indians found a surface exposure of quality novaculite and followed it with their quarrying for about 100 meters. As they followed the seam they continued to dig deeper and today the trench at the deepest point is about 10 meters deep and 10 meters wide at the top. The sides have obviously slumped over the past 2,000 years so we have no idea how deep it was originally. In the photo I'm standing on top of the rock face where they quit quarrying, and it appears that one day they decided to stop and walked away. This rock face is quality material so they didn't quit because they ran out of material.


There are shallow pits in the huge piles of quarry debris and we think as recently as 500 years ago Indians were going there, picking out chunks of rock to make their smaller dart and arrow points. For the smaller points they didn't have to quarry.


A fascinating place. Oh, and in the Magnet Cove area there is so much magnetite mineral a magnetic compass goes crazy.

Locally this mountain is referred to as "The Old Spanish Diggings" although the Spanish had nothing to do with it. But that's another long story.


Tonight I received a report that archeologists have determined that these quarries were worked between 3,000 and 8,000 years ago. Also, a geologist has estimated that over 100,000 cubic yards of material was quarried, but didn't state if that was from this big trench alone, or all the quarries on the mountain. Whichever it is, that's a bunch of rock
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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Hot Spring/Garland Counties - The Big Trench on Google Earth - Search for "Fire Tower Road Malvern Arkansas", scroll north and watch for The Big Trench on the right. Zoom out and you can see the photo. I still haven't figured out how to show the photo tag as it usually does.


As you scroll around the mountain you can see many quarries that are modern because that is a primary site for quarrying novaculite for whetstones. The prehistoric quarries are hidden by trees and you can't see them unless you know where they are.

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Old 07-24-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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Clark County - This rock quarry covers about 20 acres and this is the west wall. To show it's massive size - that is me at the base and right edge of the photo. I'm over six feet tall. You can see fault lines right and left in the photo and see that the middle was pushed up millions years ago. A few years before I was born
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Old 07-25-2017, 03:21 PM
 
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i was riding my bicycle out in the country yesterday and enjoying the scenery. i was thinking, "it is about time for old fossil to post something interesting."

not only was it interesting, it was nothing like the flat land ride i took in the delta. i will say the crops are beautiful from all the unusual summer rain and the corn harvest should start any day, so i had a great scenic delta ride.

thanks for your posts.
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:52 PM
 
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i was riding my bicycle out in the country yesterday and enjoying the scenery. i was thinking, "it is about time for old fossil to post something interesting."

not only was it interesting, it was nothing like the flat land ride i took in the delta. i will say the crops are beautiful from all the unusual summer rain and the corn harvest should start any day, so i had a great scenic delta ride.

thanks for your posts.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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For several years I have been exploring maps and documents trying to find "a spot on the ground" where the Clark County community of LEARD was located. Each of the vintage maps I looked at showed the community in a different place. I finally called a friend who was once the Director of the Arkansas History Commission and she got me to this Web Site which is kinda cumbersome but will, if you stay with it, finally get you to the good stuff. http://ahc-counties.aristotle.net Have fun.
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Old Today, 08:42 PM
 
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West Clark County - We were exploring, got on a road we hadn't traveled before and saw on a nearby hilltop an old house place with an outbuilding still standing. We walked up and went into the building and when inside heard a hissing sound. We froze and when our eyes acclimated to the dim light we looked down and there were these two baby buzzards. Babies only a mother could love. After exploring and taking photos we left and circling outside was the unhappy mother. She landed on a tree snag and seemed to say 'get out of my nursery'.
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