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Recent Stories by Jack Schnedler

Are We There Yet?: Beatles' 1964 visit still rocking Walnut Ridge

posted: 09/18/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Fifty years ago this weekend, Walnut Ridge enjoyed its figurative 15 minutes of fame when The Beatles touched down at the nearby airport.

Are We There Yet?: Cowie winery pours sips of the grape, history, fun

posted: 09/11/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

A winery equipped with a museum, a chapel and a belfry would be a novelty almost anywhere. That's more so the case in Arkansas, where the making of wine is something of a peripheral enterprise.

Are We There Yet?: Izard County 'ghost town' still has lots of life

posted: 09/04/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

A rustic wagon bridge across Calico Creek separates two historic parts of Calico Rock. Below is a ghost town of empty stores and other businesses, along with a pint-size jail. Above stands the current commercial strip, some of its weathered facades also dating back a century or more.

Are We There Yet?: Historic Black House holds Searcy art gallery

posted: 08/28/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

A gallery of local contemporary art installed in a handsome historic house delivers a one-two punch of pleasure for visitors to Searcy.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Norfork house stands as state's oldest log building

posted: 08/21/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas was still just a territory when Jacob Wolf put Cherokees to work felling yellow pine trees and erecting the house that now bears his name. It is believed to be the oldest standing log structure and the oldest public building in the Natural State.

Are We There Yet?: Once zinc clamor fizzled, town of Rush did too

posted: 08/14/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

"Zinc rush" somehow lacks the jolt of excitement delivered by "gold rush." But the quest for zinc is what spawned the aptly named Rush. Once a boom town and now a ghost town, it is one of the most intriguing historic sites within the boundaries of Buffalo National River.

Are We There Yet?: Buffalo River waterway is a joy in any season

posted: 08/07/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

By the time Buffalo National River reaches Buffalo Point, the popular waterway is in full flow on its meandering last stretch to the White River. Canoeing and kayaking are generally possible year-round on the lower river here, while the cool waters beneath rugged bluffs are a summer magnet for swimmers.

Are We There Yet?: Greers Ferry offers lots of land, water diversions

posted: 07/31/2014 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed building Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River in the late 1950s, many residents of Cleburne and Van Buren counties objected. That's because the lake created by the dam would submerge several small towns and flood acres of productive farmland.

Are We There Yet?: Gangster Museum recalls when Capone slept here

posted: 07/24/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- The famously notorious Al Capone was a ruthless mobster kingpin responsible for a string of gangland murders and a titanic flow of bootleg liquor during Prohibition. He was also a generous tipper, to judge from memories shared with visitors to the Gangster Museum of America.

Molten majesty

posted: 07/20/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Imagine Arkansas dotted with 30 or more active volcanoes. Then you can begin to picture the otherworldly lava landscapes that cover much of Iceland, making this mid-Atlantic island a paradise of photogenic scenery.

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