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Saunders Museum – A Stunning Gem of an Ozarks Museum

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Saunders Museum in Berryville, ARWhen you step across the threshold at Saunders Museum, in Berryville AR, you’re in for one heck of a surprise. This small town, Ozarks museum is home to a very large and historically significant gun collection.

How historically significant?

Well, the collection includes the guns that were owned by both Frank and Jesse James, Annie Oakley, Billy The Kid, and Sam Houston, to name a few. You can also see firearms owned by Cole Younger, Belle Star, Cherokee Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

February 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock, ARCome to Little Rock’s Clinton Presidential Library and discover the life, times, and so very much more about the 42nd President of the United States.

William Jefferson Clinton was President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He also served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and from 1983 to 1992. The Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, AR, provides a unique, in-depth perspective on the life and continuing work of President Bill Clinton.

Presidential Libraries preserve the papers, records, and other historical materials relating to the president they are named after. The libraries help to shed continuing light on a President’s term in office and the important issues of their career. Every president since Herbert Hoover has a Presidential Library.

While presidential libraries primarily serve as archives, most also manage to become tourist attractions. That’s certainly the case with the Clinton Presidential Library!

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Step Back In Time at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

December 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkArkansas’ Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is nationally recognized as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Step back in time with a visit and tour of the site of northwest Arkansas last major Civil War battle.

The Battle of Prairie Grove was fought on December 7th, 1862, between the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi and the Union Army of the Frontier. The Confederates hoped to stop the Union’s Southern advance, with Fort Smith at stake.

Both forces were relatively equal and the battle, which saw fierce fighting and over 2,700 casualties, ended in a tactical draw. It was a strategic victory for the Union, however, who commanded the field after the smoke cleared. Confederate hopes for securing northwest Arkansas declined thereafter.

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Lakeport Plantation – Arkansas’ Last Antebellum House

December 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lakeport PlantationLakeport Plantation is the last remaining, untouched antebellum home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has successfully transitioned from slavery, to tenant farming, to a museum and historic site over the last 185+ years. And it’s still producing cotton.

Kentuckian Joel Johnson established Lakeport Plantation in 1831. His son, Lycurgus Johnson, took the reins in 1846. By 1856, the cotton market was providing well for southern plantation holders like Johnson. He built the large house on the property in 1859 and expanded the plantation to well over 4,000 acres by 1860. He also held 155 slaves.

The looming Civil War had other plans, however.

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A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

November 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train 2018Come experience a magical holiday adventure aboard an A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train. These special, holiday season excursions will take you back in time to a Christmas past – and they aren’t just for kids!

There’s something exciting about trains that spark our sense of adventure.

The tracks leading off, seemingly either into the future or the past, as far as the eye can see. The noise and bustle; the long cars linked obediently together behind the engine. That sense of entering a world now mostly long since passed.

All these elements and more go towards making a rail journey in today’s world seem a very magical and romantic experience, indeed!

The A&M Railroad is one of the only commercial lines in the country that still offers both freight and passenger services. Their trains make regularly scheduled trips over the Boston Mountains, along the Arkansas River Basin, and through the Winslow tunnel.

These modern, shortline routes have been very successful in both carrying freight and for sight-seeing round-trips. A&M takes the romance and adventure one step further every holiday season with their Holiday Express train excursions.

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

Boarding an A&M Railroad Holiday Express train is like stepping into a classic Norman Rockwell holiday painting. The leisurely elegance of the refurbished, turn-of-the-century, passenger cars will transport you before the train even leaves the station.

A&M’s Holiday Express excursions are offered from November 23rd to December 23rd in a variety of guises. There are hour long pizza party trips, three hour long pajama party trips, Christmas Parade trips and more.

While these Holiday Express excursions are definitely designed around entertaining the little ones, they aren’t exclusive to children. Many holiday and train loving adults make the trip every year. If you qualify as one or both, we can’t recommend the experience enough!

A&M Railroad 2018 Holiday Express Train Schedule

Most Holiday excursions are 1 hour, round trips with Santa, snacks, holiday music, and the stunning scenery of the A&M line. Most excursions also include multiple departure times per date. Be sure to visit the A&M Railroad website for more details.
Van Buren “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 23-25, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Van Buren “Holiday Pizza Express” Train – Nov 23, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 24, Dec 4-8, 14, 18-23
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “15th Annual Children’s Christmas Train” – Dec 1
A one hour round trip followed by a winter wonderland of games and activities.

Springdale to Rogers “Christmas Parade” – Dec 7
Ride the train to the Rogers Christmas Parade with a 2 hour layover.

Springdale to Winslow “Pajama Train” – Dec 9, 16
A 3-hour scenic excursion.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Pizza Express” – Dec 13
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Fayetteville “Pajama Train” – Dec 14-15, 20-22
A 3-hour ride.

Seligman, MO to Rogers “Holiday Express” – Dec 15
A one hour round trip.

Monett, MO to Exeter “Holiday Express” – Dec 16
A one hour round trip.

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Visit amtrainrides.com for tickets, a full schedule, and more information. You can also follow A&M on Facebook.

Arkansas Lodging

Arkansas is full of beauty, history, and fun for those who take the time to discover it. This includes a wonderful collection of locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts. Do yourself a real favor the next time you’re in Arkansas and book yourself accommodations in one. You’ll be so glad you did – and Happy Holidays!

Don’t Miss Out On Wings Over the Prairie Festival 2018

October 22, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Wings Over the Prairie Festival 2018Come to Stuttgart, AR the “Duck Capital of the World” for the 83rd annual World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival. November 17th through the 24th, 2018.

The Wings Over the Prairie Festival is the largest outdoor duck hunting expo in the Mid-South and one of the Arkansas Delta’s biggest annual events. The festival originated in Stuttgart and has been held here every year since 1936 and it never fails to draw a crowd of thousands from around the country.

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Hillberry Music Festival 2018 – The Harvest Moon Music Festival 2018

September 21, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hillberry Music Festival 2018Come out to Eureka Springs, AR for the 5th annual Hillberry Music Festival 2018! October 11th through the 14th, 2018 at “The Farm” in the Ozarks of Eureka Springs.

Hillberry Music Festival is a 4-day, annual music experience held right here in the Ozarks, just ten miles outside Eureka Springs. The festival kicks off Thursday night at 6pm and continues on into the wee hours every night through Sunday.

This years event features headliners Railroad Earth on two nights and a host of others, including Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, and The Wood Brothers.

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The 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship

August 6, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship 2018Come out to Harrison, AR for the 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship! The two day event includes a cornucopia of attractions, including hot air balloon rides, competitions, live music, and much more! September 7th to the 9th, 2018!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship that was begun in 1995 grows bigger and better each year! The event, aka the Arkansas Balloon Festival and the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Race, features more than 20 hot air balloons.

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Enjoy a Scenic Day Trip On An Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Excursion!

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas & Missouri RailroadEnjoy beautiful Arkansas scenery without having to drive aboard a vintage passenger car on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

When you board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) for a scenic day trip, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a time machine. Their fully restored, vintage passenger cars will whisk you back to a time when riding the rails was the height of modern convenience.

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True Grit and Fort Smith, Arkansas

February 24, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

True Grit and Fort Smith, ArkansasYou’ve seen one or both of the films, read the book, or at least heard of True Grit and Rooster Cogburn but did you ever realize the stories were rooted in truth? Truth and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The story of True Grit and Fort Smith are both located in the northwest of the state, right where the Arkansas river crosses into Oklahoma. Established in 1817 in an attempt to bring peace between two local, warring tribes, Fort Smith was for some time the final waypoint of law and order on the edge of the west’s wild frontier.

“There is no law west of St. Louis and no God west of Fort Smith,”they said.

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