Ravenden Springs

Cave Class

Long before there were benchmark exams, school funding formulas or even the Arkansas Department of Education, there was a cave.   Snug in the canyons that lined the spring-fed Hall’s Creek in what is now western Randolph County is a small cavern that served as a school in the early 1800s — before Arkansas had…

Snow Daze

Snow Daze 2021

It’s hard to shake the weirdness of writing about a historic snowfall for a March issue of the magazine. But, here we are, amid the pendulums of #ArkansasWeather. And what a sight that snow was last month, shattering practically every wintry record known to the state.  For me and my household, our Little Rock home…

Hot Springs

Some Like It Hot (Springs)

The Valley of the Vapors, mobster paradise, spa city, and today, an Arkansas treasure that keeps producing: Hot Springs. This long revered travel destination is known to Arkansans as a fun and relaxing day trip or weekend getaway, but its springs run deep in rich and colorful history dating back maybe thousands of years.   …