Moonshine evokes a romantic image. When some people think of the Ozarks, they think of a lost age, the age of hillbillies and moonshine and prohibition-era car chases, but its roots run deeper than that. Elizabethan technology and geographic necessities [...]
Devil’s Den State Park in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas is one of the best-preserved Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) park developments in the United States and contains the largest sandstone crevice cave area in the country. The park is popular for [...]
The Arkansas General Assembly passed a bill in February 1859 that banned the residency of free African-American or mixed-race (“mulatto”) people anywhere within the bounds of the state of Arkansas. In 1846, the Statutes of Arkansas had legally defined mulatto as anyone who had one [...]
If warm weather is calling you to the outdoors, there is a plethora of options to keep you busy all summer, and most of these activities can also be enjoyed year round. In particular, the north central Ozarks are a [...]
In the middle of a city, in the middle of the Ozarks, there stands a castle and it’s a great place to tour! Completed in 1913, the Pythian Home in Springfield, Missouri originally constructed as a home for needy members, [...]
Moonshine evokes a romantic image.
When some people think of the Ozarks, they think of a lost age, the age of hillbillies and moonshine and prohibition-era car chases, but its roots run deeper than that. Elizabethan technology and geographic necessities came together in a trade mastered by Scotsmen, the Irish, and their descendants. While most of the hillbillies have long since changed their overalls for the 9 to 5 workplace, you can still find a few hanging out in these hills, along with moonshine, and that’s where our tale begins. Read more »
Nestled in the hills of the Ozarks, tucked away in a small town, a handful of seats and a hungry clientele. All of this combined to help create the slider, a dish that is now known worldwide and prepared by some of the greatest chefs of the age. Yet this humble offspring of the American hamburger owes its very existence to a little food establishment known as Dinky’s Diner.
Thirty years ago a small diner at Reeds Spring Junction in Missouri was serving up homemade food to the local inhabitants. A mother and daughter team worked serving those who came in seeking food. Some sat at one of the five seats inside the diner, while others utilized the picnic tables that surrounded the small café. Read more »
Black cats are regarded as a sign of pure bad luck. If you see a black cat crossing your way, you ought to be wary of your plans for the day as it serves as a premonition of a very unfortunate event that may come to you. Other than symbolizing ill-fated events, black cats are often associated with witchcraft and mystery. However, the Ozark Howler takes the feline mystery and misfortune to a whole new level as it presents a black cat as a cryptic beast.
The Ozark Howler which is also known as the Ozark Black Howler is said to lurk the woods and surrounding remote areas of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Read more »
Devil’s Den State Park in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas is one of the best-preserved Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) park developments in the United States and contains the largest sandstone crevice cave area in the country. The park is popular for a variety of recreational opportunities and was designated a Natural Area by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
The Arkansas Archeological Survey in 1979 recorded eleven archaeological sites at the park. Six sites are prehistoric and indicate the presence of Native Americans as far back as 8,000 years. Archaeological evidence of European-American settlement indicates that whites probably settled in the area before 1836, the year Arkansas became the twenty-fifth state. Settlement of upper Lee Creek Valley steadily increased during the 1840s and 1850s, with settlement of the area reaching its height from 1880 to 1920. Read more »