ort Curtis, a major part of the Civil War defenses of Helena (Phillips County), named in honor of the Union commander at Helena, General Samuel R. Curtis; 1863. Courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission

Fort Curtis in the Civil War

Fort Curtis was a major Union army fortification located in Helena (Phillips County) during and immediately after the Civil War. It is best known for being part of the Federal defenses at the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena. After the Battle of Pea [...]

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Devil’s Den State Park – A must-see

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 [...]

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When Arkansas outlawed African-Americans in the state

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 [...]

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The Great Outdoors of the North Central Ozarks

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 [...]

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The Ozarks castle that served as a POW camp

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, [...]

 

When a president commanded an Arkansas fort

zachary-taylorPrior to becoming the twelfth president of the United States, Colonel Zachary Taylor commanded the military at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) from 1841 until 1844. Taylor frequently clashed with local Arkansans who sought to preserve their access to the soldiers stationed at the fort who bought their whiskey and other goods.

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Fort Curtis in the Civil War

ort Curtis, a major part of the Civil War defenses of Helena (Phillips County), named in honor of the Union commander at Helena, General Samuel R. Curtis; 1863. Courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission

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Your best bet in bluegrass music

bluegrassinstrumentsBluegrass, although not native to the region, is popular i the Ozarks section of Missouri.
On any given weekend you find plenty of bluegrass bands playing  Some good, some not-so-good. As a rule of thumb, if a band is offering a free concert, it’s a pretty good indication they aren’t the best around. Conversely  some of the best music can be found in local taverns promoting bluegrass.
But what Missouri bluegrass band is great? Read more »

Dinky’s Diner – home of the original slider

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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 »

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