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It is a story that stretches back more than twelve hundred years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to...
Bill Carr was once the fastest man in the world. And it all started in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. William Arthur Carr was born in Pine Bluff in 1909. His early life was not unusual. He, like so many boys...
During the recent Special Session of the 89th General Assembly, the restoration work being done in the House chambers required that the House of Representatives (all 100 of us) meet in the Old State...
It is the fundamental building block of the universe.  It has the capacity to light homes and destroy cities.  It is the atom.  As the twentieth century dawned, scientists began learning more about...
Join us this week as the B. P. Kimbro family settles into life at Tyro and later relocates to northern Ashley County. The young family also grows. You will recall from last week’s installment that Dr...
It was a freezing cold day in Little Rock in January 1864. The hangman’s noose hung over a rickety wagon in a makeshift gallows. A large crowd had braved the bitter weather to witness the sad...
With this lovely fall weather about to descend upon us, the garden season is about to be laid to rest, and the holiday season is on the horizon, I thought I’d share these tidbits of information with...
In the 1870s, medicine was in a miserable state in Arkansas. Few doctors were available and the remote locations of many farmsteads and small towns made it difficult for doctors to reach patients....
It’s easy to think about childproofing when you have little ones under foot all the time. It’s easy to forget about it when you don’t. That’s the main reason Arkansas Children’s Hospital sees so many...
Since today (Friday) is Aug. 1, I thought it might interest some readers to know other “firsts” in Drew County as a quick reminder of days gone by. Some of these particular “firsts” are especially...
Many elections have been accused of being the dirtiest and most negative in state history, but none can top the disaster of the 1872 election, which tore the state apart. By the early 1870s,...
The year 1914—A year of distinction! In January of 1914 Ford Motor Company announced its new policies proclaiming an 8-hour workday and a $5.00 per day minimum wage. May of 1914 saw President Woodrow...
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for the picture business.  It’s been good to me,” was a typically modest quote from one of the most recognizable movie stars of the late 1940s and into the 1950s. ...
Last week we began to share an autobiography written by early Drew County—Monticello physician, Dr. Barton Pritchard Kimbro. Dr. Kimbro was born in 1863, the eldest son of a pioneer Drew County...
Most people know Arkansas for its natural beauty.   The towering forests and rocky hills and mountains have drawn tourists for many years. Central Arkansas has some of the tallest natural landforms...
On March 3 AETN will broadcast another of their outstanding original documentaries entitled “Champion Trees of Arkansas”. The film will feature the artwork of Linda Williams Palmer in reproducing...
The Drew County Historical Society will be holding a meeting focusing on the history of the Saline River at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8.  The meeting will be held at the Forest Resources Conference...
Theodosia Nolan was the embodiment of southern style and grace in an age when that all too often seemed to be fading. But it was her sharp business sense that prompted her to work with her brother...
While researching another topic last week, I came upon a little known quote attributed to the legendary frontiersman, Davy Crockett, who traveled through Arkansas in 1835 on his way to his destiny at...
This week I want to share again with you an important anniversary coming for an Arkansas “institution”—the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show.   Commonly known as the Arkansas State Fair, the...

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