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How The West Was Redone

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Fort Smith reinvents itself as a cultural center while paying respect to its past. By Kody Ford :: Photography by Janet Warlick     f you had stepped foot in downtown Fort Smith a few years ago, you would have seen a very different town. While it was a city with its amenities, it seemed to be focused on its past, rather than its future.[...]

Traveling The Trail of Tears-Walking past paths today for a historical understanding

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By Nathania Sawyer :: Illustration by Micah David ollowing the path of history can lead down some difficult routes—especially when looking at European exploration, settlement and expansion in relation to the indigenous peoples who lived here first. But, as Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living,” and understanding the struggles of those who [...]

Arkansas fall foliage updates now available

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Want to know the latest about Arkansas’s fall color? Or scenic routes for best viewing? You’ll find all this information – and more – on www.Arkansas.com. Click on the “Fall Color Update” icon. Updated fall color reports are posted each Thursday by 5 p.m. A network of “spotters” keeps the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism apprised of the fall foliage[...]

The Resurgence of Batesville

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By Jeanni Brosius :: Photography courtesy of Main Street Batesville When Batesville set out to revitalize its downtown, it wasn't joking. Tucked in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, this beautiful small town sits on the banks of the White River. Batesville's downtown has grown so much that Main Street Batesville director, Joel Williams, sa[...]

Wings Over The Prairie

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The week of Thanksgiving is always a time to gather with family. In Stuttgart, the Duck and Rice Capital of the World, a larger family gathers to celebrate the bounty of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. This year, the east Arkansas town celebrates the 81st Annual Wings Over The Prairie Festival, a fete that will bring in visitors from all over the world to hear[...]

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arvest Bank collaborate to offer specialty debit cards

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Limited edition cards to display popular destinations across The Natural State LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 7, 2016) - The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Arvest Bank worked in collaboration to create a limited-edition series of specialty debit cards that showcase some of the state’s most scenic and popular attractions. The eight debit card de[...]

Fall hiking in the Ouachitas offers colorful scenery

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Hiking is an awe inspiring route to experience the beauty of Arkansas. The state’s climate allows the pastime year round, and the fall season shines a spotlight on the colorful scenery. “Fall hiking is great,” said Tim Ernst, a wilderness photographer and author of many guidebooks abou[...]