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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 27, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes holds one of the drawings from the 1960s for fountains and gardens near the Greers Ferry Dam in Heber Springs. The project started as the idea of a Heber Springs businessman who fell in love with gardens in Italy and proposed the idea to his friend Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. President John F. Kennedy, at the dam dedication in 1963, gave the go ahead for plans for the project to be drawn, Holmes said, but was assassinated a few weeks later. The project has been resurrected by Holmes and Billy Lindsey of Heber Springs. The men said the project has support from federal, state and local officials.

‘Just amazing’

Cleburne County revives 1960s plans for water gardens

When the Cleburne County judge asked for innovative tourism ideas, all Billy Lindsey had to do was dig under the seat of his old truck to find drawings and a proposal that President John F. Kennedy approved more than 50 years ago. A multimillion-dollar botanical-and-water-garden project to be built near the Greers Ferry Dam was pitched to Kennedy at the dam dedication in October 1963, about six weeks before his assassination. Before his death, the president had already instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to have plans drawn for the project. It was architect Edward D... READ MORE

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