Historical Gems: History of the Arkansas Traveler

For some 75 years, well-known visitors to Arkansas — presidents, preachers, actors, athletes, poets and singers, among many others — have been awarded Arkansas Traveler certificates. Above photo: Currier & Ives print of Edward Payson Washbourne’s painting Arkansas Traveler; circa 1870. (Courtesy of Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)   [dropcap]This[/dropcap] anniversary offers an opportunity to…

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We bought tickets to the Paul McCartney concert at Verizon Arena as soon as possible, and by the day of the April concert I was so giddy with anticipation I had to drive down to the arena to check out the preparations. Parking near the Junction Bridge, I strolled around outside the arena and paused…

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It just now took 11.1 seconds for my computer to come out of sleep mode so I could compose this sentence. Yes, I timed it — using the smartphone that’s sitting within easy reach of my right hand.   [dropcap]I’ve[/dropcap] been thinking a lot lately about technology, especially when it comes to communications. A couple…

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A year ago this month, I set out on a four-week adventure in Southeast Asia.   [dropcap]I[/dropcap] traveled with two Vietnam War veterans — John Townsley of North Carolina and Bob Kirkland of California — who had organized many such tours with the goal of helping people still struggling from the war. John, whom I…

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[dropcap]You[/dropcap] may recall, Dear Reader, that last month we talked about how popular running has become among women. I mentioned a report that women made up 57 percent of the finishers in running events in 2013 and 2014. By contrast, they made up merely 25 percent of race finishers in 1990. Then I ran out…

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March means it’s marathon time in the capital city. Photography by Autumn Hall   [dropcap]March[/dropcap] means it’s marathon time in the capital city. Each year thousands converge downtown for “Arkansas’ Race for Every Pace.” Stretching over a weekend, marathon-related events include the 26.2-mile Little Rock Marathon and half marathon, a 10K (6.2 miles), a 5K…

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This page has had its share of unconventional Valentine’s Day tie-ins. Photograph courtesy of arkansas.com   [dropcap]A[/dropcap] year ago I wrote a two-feline valentine. It was for Tiger and Precious, the cats who have been kind enough to share their home with us for nearly a decade. Two years ago I reflected on my fondness…