The Dream of El Dorado

by Dustin Jayroe There’s no getting around the fact that El Dorado has produced far more than its share of overachievers. The late novelist Charles Portis was born in this fine Union County community, as were star athletes Lou Brock (National Hall of Fame baseball player) and Goose Tatum (basketball icon for the Harlem Globetrotters).…

All Hail the Queen

All Hail the Queen   by Joe David Rice   Here’s a question for Arkansas-oriented trivia lovers. What do Martin Scorsese, Grapette sodas, Hernando de Soto and Camark Pottery have in common? The answer? Camden.   That’s right, Camden — the Queen City of the Ouachita River and the county seat of Ouachita County. This…

Ruff Hotel Building in Searcy County

Arkansas Backstories: Snowball

By Joe David Rice Photos courtesy of Historic Searcy County   Arkansas Backstories: Snowball   America has slightly more than 25,000 cities, towns and villages scattered across its 3.8 million square miles. Only two in this vast array of human settlements are called Snowball. One’s in central Minnesota, about equidistant between Minneapolis and the Canadian…

River Valley

The Heart of the River Valley

By Joe David Rice   After years of traveling from one corner of Arkansas to the next and giving this matter considerable thought, I’ve concluded that Russellville is arguably the best-situated city in the state. “Russellville?” You ask. Here’s why.   It’s conveniently located in west-central Arkansas on Interstate 40, almost exactly halfway between Little Rock…