Buffalo River

Arkansas Backstories: Buffalo River

by Joe David Rice Richard M. Nixon…. Orval E. Faubus…. William O. Douglas…. Three prominent players in 20th century American politics. All vilified on one occasion or another (or sometimes regularly), but vilified nevertheless by vastly different groups for vastly different rationales, mind you. One is a disgraced Republican president. Another a defiant Democratic governor…

Jasper

Jasper

by Joe David Rice | Photography provided by Arkansas Parks and Tourism and the venues Few travel articles begin with a list of things you won’t find in the featured destination. But that’s how I’ll start this piece, noting that visitors to Jasper will not see parking meters, stoplights, McDonald’s, Starbucks or a big-box retailer. What they…

Arkansas Backstories: Hoochie-Coochie

By Joe David Rice To the best of my knowledge, only one person has publicly performed the hoochie-coochie within the hallowed halls of the U.S. House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. That unlikely dancer was ultra-conservative Congressman Ezekiel Candler “Took” Gathings, a devout Baptist who represented Arkansas’ First Congressional District for 30 years. But…