About the Series

What power does storytelling hold, and how has it impacted our state’s history?

Dive into a unique catalog of Arkansas folklore – and see how it has shaped the way we view ourselves and the South – in the new AETN digital series "Once Upon a Time in Arkansas." A blend of sharecroppers' stories, myths of the Wild West and tall tales from the deepest hollers of the Ozarks, the series takes a creative look at some of the more powerful stories to find out just what a tale needs to have lasting impact.

Tune in here and on Facebook every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. starting Oct. 3.

The segments will also air on AETN the Monday following the premiere during the 9 p.m. hour after "Escape to the Chateau."

Tune in to AETN Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m. for a special compilation episode.


The White River Monster

A Jacksonport State Park ranger and an amateur monster hunter share theevolving story of the "Devil Fish" that has appeared four or more times sincethe Civil War. This episode shows why the town has accepted and celebrated themonster and why it is important to them.

The Legend of King Crowley

A Jonesboro magician and the director of the Museum of Discovery help uncover the unlikely beginning of one of the biggest attractions in Little Rock's River Market. Viewers will learn about the visionary Arkansan, Bernie Babcock, and her unlikely archeological discovery on Crowley's Ridge.

Dexter Harding's Sawdust Bridge

A volunteer museum bosun and a representative of the city of Pine Bluff help dig up a ghost story predating the Civil War. This episode examines one of the City's founders, Dexter Harding, his sawmill and how a silly superstition had a serious impact on the fledgling city.

Will Rogers Fights for England

A University of Central Arkansas history professor and an Oklahoma music enthusiast discuss the incendiary "food riots" in England, Arkansas, in January 1931.  They explain how international celebrity Will Rogers led the charge against Washington to raise money to help the starving farmers.

The Gurdon Light

Older Gurdon townsfolk tell the story of the Gurdon Light, while viewers follow a young thrill-seeker in his journey to see the phenomenon for himself. This episode explores the power local lore has on small communities and why it is important to keep telling the stories, even in the face of science and reason.

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