Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: November 2017”
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- Chuck Dovish
Taking a stroll down automobile memory lane at the Museum of Automobiles, watching a former world champion chainsaw carver at work, taking a hike along the Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville and having a Coke float at the soda fountain in the oldest drugstore in the state in Pocahontas: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Located atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, The Museum of Automobiles is one of the finest collections of motorcars you’ll see in the entire Mid-South: classics owned by the rich and famous, classics from the 50s and classics from the early 1900s. Former car owners include Elvis, Mae West, President Kennedy and Winthrop Rockefeller.
You’ve probably seen her as you pass through the town of Alpena, along Highway 62 west of Harrison – Kay Jackson the chainsaw carver, right next to her carving of Big Foot. If you’ve never stopped to watch her at work, you really need to. Amazing is all I can say. But, then, her chainsaw carving skills won her the world champion title back in 2006 … and she is still hard at it!
One of the finest hiking trails in the state can be found smack dab in the middle of Clarksville. The Spadra Creek Nature Trail is located behind McDonald’s. (Yes, I said McDonald’s.) But you will be surprised at what this trail has to offer as it meanders along Spadra Creek. With a clear stream, beauty, nature and ruggedness, it looks like something that should be located deep in the Ozark Mountains. Bringing along a fishing pole wouldn’t hurt, since you may catch some smallmouth bass.
The Fort Smith Visitor Center has quite the eyebrow raising past … especially in 1903, when Laura Zeigler came to town and started her, ahem, “social club.”
The oldest drugstore in the state happens to be on the court square in Pocahontas – the same area where earlier we visited the state’s oldest barbershop. The drugstore is circa 1854 and hanging out at the soda fountain is the thing to do here. – Oh, happy days!
So join us for all the fun and adventure – Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.