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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.

Are We There Yet?: 'The King (snake)' greets Lake Catherine visitors

posted: 07/17/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

If you've never held a snake, a good place to start is by handling Elvis at Lake Catherine State Park.

Arkansas culture shock in memoir of '20s letters

posted: 07/13/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

There's a biblical link to the title of the newly published memoir by Genevieve Grant Sadler, who moved from a comfortable California life to rural Arkansas for seven years in the 1920s.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Where dusty diggers dream of a dazzling find

posted: 07/10/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Hitting pay dirt is a long shot. That's true whether you're looking for the love of your life, buying a Powerball ticket or digging at the only diamond mine in the world that lets visitors keep any precious gems they unearth.

Are We There Yet?: Logoly State Park throws in dash of education

posted: 07/03/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It's true that "education" pretty much rhymes with "recreation." But can a state park focused on learning also provide a bunch of leisure-time fun? In summer, no less, when school is out and brainwaves are tuned low?


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