Siloam Springs

By Joe David Rice  |  Photography by Meredith Mashburn Students of the Bible may recall a reference to the Pool of Siloam, an ancient water source near Old Jerusalem. Some 2,700 years after its construction and about 6,725 miles to the west, American pioneers establishing a townsite along an attractive, spring-fed creek in northwestern Arkansas…

Arkansas Backstories: Turkey Scratch

By Joe David Rice Over in East Arkansas, about halfway between Helena and Stuttgart, is a community known as Turkey Scratch. Straddling the Phillips-Lee county line, the unincorporated settlement is what my father would charitably call “a wide spot in the road.” Turkey Scratch has no post office, but visitors will spot a church, a…

El Dorado’s Renaissance

By Mel White | Photography by James Smith Readers of the El Dorado Sunday News on Sept. 29, 1929, couldn’t miss the double-page announcement for the opening of the $250,000 Rialto Theatre, a vaudeville venue with 1,400 seats, the latest in fireproof construction and the “Most Expensive and Perfect Sound Equipment in the World.” The Rialto’s owners…

Sugarloaf Mountain in Heber Springs

Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Sugarloaf Mountain, a 690-foot erosional remnant near the Little Red River, is a popular spot in Heber Springs. The earliest white settlers called it Sugarloaf because it looked like the shape of the loaves of unrefined sugar in use at that time. That also became…