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Old 09-02-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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Boonies, Clark County - When we are exploring we often stop to photo wild flowers. This one appears to be a miniature Cardinal Flower. It was in a damp ditch of an old log road. If it is, it is native to central and north central U.S. and is often seen in home flower gardens. The Native Americans used the pulverized root as a "love potion". Now before you go out there and start pulling up your neighbors flowers you also need to know that too much of the root is highly toxic so you could end up in trouble in three different ways
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:21 PM
 
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Does anybody know why the population of Hughes, Arkansas lost 88% of it's population from over 1600 in 1950 to 196 in 1960 and by 1970 it's population was over 1800.

What was going on in Hughes that caused such huge shifts in population losses and gains?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes...as?wprov=sfla1
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:45 PM
 
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This is the Pike Junction Bridge across the Antoine River at Antoine, Pike County. The railroad has long been abandoned and the rails have now been taken up.
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:56 PM
 
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Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge on top of Rich Mountain, Polk County - Well we finally did it We had been planning to spend a weekend at The Lodge since it reopened, so we did this past weekend. I was impressed with the facility, people (park staff and restaurant staff) and the food. It appears the restaurant is contract and not run by the park. The rooms were quite and the elevator was a great plus. We are looking forward to a return trip. There is a large glassed in "sitting area" on both the first and second floor that looks out over the wide valley to the south. On the north side you are looking across a narrow valley to the Black Fork Mountain. You have a choice of rooms; on the north side, or south side of the lodge. There are several balconies where you can sit outside and inhale that great, cool, oxygen rich mountain air.


One negative. You cannot call outside the 479 Area Code on the lodge phones and our cell phone had no service, although a loud mouth in the restaurant was using his. So I guess it depends on your cell phone carrier.


If you do a Google Earth, unless they have changed the photos the past few days, they were made during construction.
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:43 PM
 
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Sunrise over Rich Mountain, Polk County - These were taken from the east deck of the Wilhelmina Lodge. I made twelve exposures as it rose but here posted only the beginning, middle, and end.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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Desha County - We were getting ready to do an archeological dig at an area which in prehistoric times was the homeland of the Quapaw. They were encouraging us to do it because their people had been pretty well assimilated during historic times and they knew very little about their past. However, they asked that we go through their cedar smoke ceremony because we would be disturbing their sacred ground. Here, one of their leaders is conducting the ceremony. Along with that we were also looking for evidence of the original Arkansas Post, but did not find it. It had moved three or four times.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:02 AM
 
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Sunrise over Rich Mountain, Polk County - These were taken from the east deck of the Wilhelmina Lodge. I made twelve exposures as it rose but here posted only the beginning, middle, and end.
Beautiful! I'm gonna go to that lodge someday....have never even been in that neck of the woods in Arkansas.
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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Beautiful! I'm gonna go to that lodge someday....have never even been in that neck of the woods in Arkansas.

Go! It's well worth the trip. If/when you go I'd suggest going up the mountain from Mena. It's a long crooked and steep drive but a good asphalt road. Then coming down, if you prefer to not make the trip back to Mena, you can leave the mountain not far from the lodge and go directly down to U.S. 270.
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:08 PM
 
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Desha County - We were getting ready to do an archeological dig at an area which in prehistoric times was the homeland of the Quapaw. They were encouraging us to do it because their people had been pretty well assimilated during historic times and they knew very little about their past. However, they asked that we go through their cedar smoke ceremony because we would be disturbing their sacred ground. Here, one of their leaders is conducting the ceremony. Along with that we were also looking for evidence of the original Arkansas Post, but did not find it. It had moved three or four times.

love me some desha county, thanks!
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:11 PM
 
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Clark County - My archeologists buddy knew where this memorial was, in the Little Missouri River bottoms, and had heard there had been clear-cutting in the area and was concerned it had been damage so we went to check it out. Thankfully, as you can see, it had not. We drove until the mud got too thick and slick even for our 4WD pickup then we slogged through the mud for about another 100 meters.


It is hard to read the engraving, but this is a memorial to MERIWETHER LEWIS RANDOLPH who died in 1873 and this memorial is located at, or near, where he was buried. The exact site is unknown. Google the name and you will find a very interesting story. He was the grandson of Thomas Jefferson. This memorial was erected in 1960 by The Daughters of the American Colonials.
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