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Old 09-26-2007, 07:44 AM
 
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I've seen alot of rednecks in Florida and Texas and Minnesota. Rednecks are everywhere. As for "Rebel Pride" hats, welcome to the South. Given that the kids wearing them were in Eureka Springs, they might have been visiting from elsewhere, even somewhere in the South whose sports team is called the "Rebels". As for Harrison and the KKK, yes, there is a KKK leader who lives there and so his particular branch of the KKK is headquartered there. But his membership draws from all over the country. It may have 1000 members, but those 1000 don't live in Harrison, some might live in Indiana, some in New Jersey, some in Mississippi. There is prejudice everywhere. And labeling a place as backwards is insulting. Each region in our country has its positives and negatives. Each state has its backwater pockets. Arkansas is predominantly rural, and has historically been one of the poorest states. To expect the same amenities that are available in large cities like Kansas City or St Paul is inappropriate. And people from Los Angeles or New York City will certainly not find the environment in Kansas City or St Paul to be exactly like what they are used to.

DC

 
Old 09-26-2007, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Anyone who is interested in knowing more about Eureka Springs should look it up on Wikipedia or google it.

I guess that there are very different ideas regarding what a hillbilly is. The bootlegging, uneducated, mountaineer in overalls driving a beat-up old pickup is something I've never seen, after living 30+ years in the foothills of the Ozarks. Mobile homes perched precariously on hillsides, rusted out cars, discarded appliances I have seen, not just on dirt roads in Arkansas but on the Iron Range in Minnesota, and nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

I might add that Sam Walton used to wear overalls and drive his old pickup around town with his dogs in the back. People who didn't know him might have mistook him for a hillbilly. First impressions can be deceiving.

DC
I have to agree with you on this one. Sometimes its people's preceptions of how a town they have never been to is. People from the north consider Nashville, a hillbilly cowboy town, while its a growing cosmopolitan city. They call the Country singers Hilltbillys, but I bet they wish they could make their money and live in their homes.
The things you Describe I have seen in South Jersey. I think you could find that in small towns in most of the US.
I have never been to your town , but it sounds like a good place to visit. Since, I moved to Nashville last year I've been exploring the small towns around it. I 'm really enjoying driving, without sitting in traffic for hours as I did in NJ. Btw, I found Tennessee's roads to be better maintained than NY or NJ. There is always an on going road project here!

Diane
 
Old 09-26-2007, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I decided to google it , looks nice!

Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the Beautiful Ozark Mountains

Diane G
 
Old 09-26-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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Diane G,

I appreciate your comments. I haven't ever been to Nashville, but I've heard that it's a great place, and that the surrounding area is quite beautiful. I love travelling all over the US, and in every state I've seen amazing beauty and met fascinating people.

DC
 
Old 09-26-2007, 01:59 PM
 
Location: IN
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I decided to google it , looks nice!

Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the Beautiful Ozark Mountains

Diane G
Yes, the town is very interesting. Be sure to travel there and see all of the "interesting" people that congregate in the "downtown" area. The old motels have a lot of history, and their are many great restaurants.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 06:48 AM
 
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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Default Nope, not here!

We ain't got no hillbillies here in TN -- I know cuz I asked my Uncle Daddy.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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"Btw, I found Tennessee's roads to be better maintained than NY or NJ. There is always an on going road project here!"

This one was shocking! Ma'am, I can see that you have never been to Memphis or most of Tennessee! Try driving from Memphis to Little Rock at 1 am and you will see how great these TN highways are.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 08:25 AM
 
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This one was shocking! Ma'am, I can see that you have never been to Memphis or most of Tennessee! Try driving from Memphis to Little Rock at 1 am and you will see how great these TN highways are.
They get bumpier at night?
Need to quit mixing Viagra into the asphalt, then.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 08:49 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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In my opinon, Maryland has the best maintained highways. It seems their roads are always smooth, no potholes, and no litter. There's a noticeable difference when you cross the PA border into MD.....and that's on Rt 15, which is a pretty well-maintained road near Gettysburg.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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The southern Part of NJ has the accent and all. Even missing teeth!

Diane

That is just so untrue..why do you say these things...
There is a small part of Southern Jersey that is farms & such..are you referring to the migrant workers
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