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Old 12-13-2018, 12:28 AM
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:29 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Ouachita National Forest, Montgomery County - They had found a Caddo house site, in fact, this appears to have been a Caddo farmstead. The single artifact is a drill. Since it was uncovered laying flat, we think that is where it was lost and has never been disturbed and was under 20 centimeters of soil that has been added during the past 5-600 years. We think the drill was used to punch holes into hides for sewing, drill holes and inscribe muscle shells, and inscribe pottery. It was made from white novaculite rock and the other white artifacts appear to be scrapers.
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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Pike County - This Bench Mark was at the end of a railroad bridge that I have posted before. If you zoom in you can see it's dated 1932, and probably was set by a WPA Survey Party. They set lots of them. They were set at each Section Corner and all legal land surveys were tied to one of them. I have found them all over Arkansas; mountain sides, stream beds, etc. From the corner stakes of a city lot to thousand acre farms, they were all tied to a Section Corner Bench Mark.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:29 PM
 
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Near Clark and Pike County Line - The railroad that ran from Gurdon to Womble/Norman and through Graysonia. The RR we have posted here many times. These are photos taken after they took up the rails, and one photo shows a mile marker.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:58 AM
 
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Pike County - Still on "my" railroad. The numbers and symbols on the head of the rail spikes indicated the manufacturer and the carbon content of the spike. In the early years the info was determined by the manufacturer, but later was standardized.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:33 PM
 
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Again, I learned something from your post. I was raised in a small railroad town and I still didn’t know the spike head info. Thank you, my friend.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:01 PM
 
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Again, I learned something from your post. I was raised in a small railroad town and I still didnít know the spike head info. Thank you, my friend.
My pleasure. That's what keeps me going; sharing stuff that some readers may not know .
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:30 PM
 
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Clark/Pike County Line - The Antoine River east of the cinnabar mines. There was a bridge here in the early 1900s and you can still see the approaches and traces of the piers. A man who worked in the mines in the 1950s when they opened for a short time, said they would take sticks of dynamite down here, light the fuse, throw it into the river then collect the fish that were stunned and came to the top of the water. After he had worked in the mines a short time as a "powder monkey helper", he found out it was scamming investors, and quit.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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Clark/Pike County Line - The Antoine River east of the cinnabar mines. There was a bridge here in the early 1900s and you can still see the approaches and traces of the piers. A man who worked in the mines in the 1950s when they opened for a short time, said they would take sticks of dynamite down here, light the fuse, throw it into the river then collect the fish that were stunned and came to the top of the water. After he had worked in the mines a short time as a "powder monkey helper", he found out it was scamming investors, and quit.
So pretty and the water looks clear!
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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So pretty and the water looks clear!
It is clear It's so far back in the boonies it isn't contaminated, with particulate matter.
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