Recently while I was looking around an antique store, I came across this postcard. I don't collect postcards, but there was something about this one that interested me. The first thing was the subject matter. The scene, Dam on the Ouachita River in Hot Springs, Arkansas, no longer exists because of the Blakely Mountain Dam that was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the early 50's to create Lake Ouachita. I'm not sure of the date of the postcard, but it has to be before 1952 because it could be mailed for one cent. Although the subject matter and age were interesting, what really grabbed my attention was the correspondence on the back.
It says, "Well I am still alive yet of course you know it is pretty hard to kill me. How are crops out there. I tell you if you come down in Arkansas and look at the land I bet you get back on the first train. My I never seen such land. I wouldn't stay down in Arkansas if they would deed me the whole state." It just tickled my funny bone. Never has a person been so unimpressed with Arkansas. I'm quite certain that the writer of the postcard didn't settle in Arkansas.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.