Author Archive: Cathy Graves

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My Hometown – Russellville

My Hometown – Russellville

Snuggled between Arkansas’s mountain ranges, touching the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle, Russellville offers wonder and intrigue with a unique blend of natural beauty, history, culture, community, and purpose. The region was once an Osage hunting ground, but from the onset of Euro-American settlement the pioneers looked to the future. The tradition of planned progress […]

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My Hometown – Hector

My Hometown – Hector

There is a slow cadence in Hector. It’s quiet. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. Wild azaleas exist on the trails in the mountains and wild game is plentiful. The farmland is sprawling and green. The water is clear and accessible. The Ozark National Forest caps the town to the north and provides an abundance of outdoor […]

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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Hidden away in damp sandstone caves, shelters, and rock faces are mysterious images created by ancient artists. Although their existence is threatened by time, erosion, and vandalism, these images connect us to the past. They’ve been discovered worldwide and several are found here in the Arkansas River Valley. The images are called rock art and […]

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My hometown: Ozark

My hometown: Ozark

Wild game and fish kept the first pioneers from starvation in hard times as they honed their skills in the outdoor wealth of the Ozark Mountains, the Mulberry and the Arkansas Rivers. Early Ozark area settlers possibly learned their skills from the Indians who co-existed with them in the area. The mountain people were called […]

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My Hometown – Dover

My Hometown – Dover

The ruggedness of the Ozark Mountains is reflected in the town that lies in their shadow. Violence, disasters, and disappointments throughout Dover’s history have not dampened the pioneer spirit of its residents as they repeatedly rebuilt, volunteered, and planned for the future. Dover was established in the 1830s and in 1841 became the Pope county […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More
Bellwether

Bellwether

Standing along Winrock Road on top of Petit Jean Mountain is a big red barn, home of the Petit Jean Farmer’s Market and a hub of this small rural community. Established in 2010, the market is open on Saturdays with a pop-up market the first Saturday of the month. Outside you will see a variety […]

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