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Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks

One of the most interesting aspects of archeology in the Arkansas Ozarks is many dry bluff shelters and caves that have been intermittently occupied for 10,000 years.  The dry conditions created in these caves and shelters provide a rare glimpse of the kinds of artifacts that usually rot in the wet climate of the Southeastern […]

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The Shepherd of the Hills: The Ozark Narrative that Transformed Branson

“…it all happened in the Ozark Mountains, many miles from what we of the city call civilization.” –Harold Bell Wright (1907:1)  News came out today that a longtime Ozark tradition is taking a final bow.  The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater in Branson, MO announced it will close on October 19, 2013.  For 54 […]

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Maxine & Me…

This month’s Arkansas Life magazine features an article entitled “Raising the Bar” by Wyndam Weyth about Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Maxine’s was my bar of choice in Fayetteville when I was getting my MA there (1995-1999) and again when I returned as an adjunct professor after my Ph.D. at the University of Texas […]

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Google Map image of the block in question showing the solid square roof-lines of the mid-1930s buildings, not the jagged outlines of the 1913 rowhouses joined in the back.

You Can’t Always Trust a Sanborn Map…Just Like Any Other Document…

Last week a colleague of mine sent me a series of texts that she had been to see her old school in Little Rock and they were doing construction.  This construction uncovered a large “tunnel” and she was interested in documenting it.  As there was no section 106 issue (this is a private school), we […]

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