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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019

November 24, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.

Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!

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The Odditorium – A Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs

January 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, ARStrange taxidermy, voodoo dolls, mysteries of nature, and much more will intrigue and startle you at Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, AR.

Are you fascinated by the weird, the mysterious, and the mildly morbid? If so, then you do not want to miss Hot Springs’ Odditorium and Curiosities Museum!

The ever-growing collection is owned and exhibited by Hot Spring’s illusionist and entertainer, Maxwell Blade. His collection of more than 300 rare and strange objects come from all over the world.

Previously housed in what was once one of the South’s only drive-through mortuaries, the Odditorium has since moved to Hot Spring’s restored and historic Malco Theatre.

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Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Visit Lake Catherine State Park

April 27, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lake Catherine State ParkLake Catherine State Park, near Hot Springs, AR, is a popular destination for water-skiing, swimming, and especially fishing!

Created in 1924 by the construction of Remmel Dam, Arkansas’ first major hydroelectric facility, Lake Catherine sprang up in the wilderness of the Ouachita Mountains, filling eleven miles of narrow valleys between Hot Springs and Malvern. Though eleven miles long, Lake Catherine is a slender body of water, covering only 1,940 acres as it snakes through the valleys downstream from Lake Hamilton, a broad and deep version of Glaze Creek’s original course.

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