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Lum & Abner Jot’em Down Store and Museum

From the early 1930s to the mid-1950s, Lum & Abner were a comedy duo that rival Laurel and Hardy in popularity. The characters were played by Chester Lauck (Lum) and Norris Goff (Abner), natives of Mena, Arkansas. They started their … Continue reading

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Weinkeller Restaurant

Altus, Arkansas, is the center of the state’s wine-making area. One of the vineyards, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, is home to Weinkeller Restaurant, which specializes in Swiss-inspired food. The restaurant is one of several buildings designed to look like a village, … Continue reading

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Ed Walker’s Drive-In

Somewhere or other, I found a list of the best drive-in in each state. This was Arkansas’ claim to fame. It’s been around since 1943. It brags about having the largest cheeseburger (5 pounds of meat) and the only curbside … Continue reading

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Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum

This museum, located on the grounds of Fort Chaffee, is dedicated to that important moment when Elvis got his famous sideburns trimmed upon induction to the Army. The room that housed the barbershop has been redone, with photos of Elvis’ … Continue reading

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Lake Fort Smith State Park

I’ve been to most of the state parks in the west-central part of Arkansas, but I’d never been to Lake Fort Smith before. I arrived at 7:40 and had the place pretty much to myself. There isn’t a lot to … Continue reading

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