Halloween Along the Trail
I really did not know where else to place these photographs and story.
Also along the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Allan and I were fortunate enough to meet a group of young mothers and their children who were in costume for Halloween. They were simply adorable.
The mothers informed us that they had a picnic lunch at the beginning of the trail; played a few Halloween games; admired each other's costumes; and then they took the children on a wilderness walk.
We saw them several places along the trail. They seemed to have the most fun at a stream with a small waterfall. Because it was so dry this summer, the waterfall was more of a "trickle"!
The children were climbing on the rocks, crossing stream, and pretending to be "real" explorers. The mothers had a difficult time getting the children to leave this area.
The first photograph is of an adorable little "clown" [who fit the part]!
The second photograph is of four children: the "clown", the "cheeta", the "princess", and another child not in costume.
As I said before, "You just never know who or what you will meet along the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail!
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Birthplace of Wal-Mart: Rogers, Arkansas
Click on photo; it is panoramic and not my photo
The world's first Wal-Mart opened its doors in downtown Rogers on the corner of 8th St. and Walnut Street, and the updated version of Wal-Mart store Number 1 is currently located just down the street from that original store. A plaque commemorating the historic designation of the building can be found at 719 W. Walnut.
It was on July 2 in 1962 that Sam and Helen Walton opened the world's first Wal-Mart Store, and the rest is history. Since 1962, Wal-Mart has become the world's largest retailer. In 2004, the company was presented with the "Corporate Patriotism Award" for exhibiting exceptional dedication to raising awareness and support of U.S. service members and their families.
One thing is for sure, it is not wise to "badmouth" Wal-Mart in or near Rogers, Arkansas. This company's contributions to this area have been huge. More than 22,000 Wal-mart associates live in the region, and they earn more than $one billion dollars in wages [yes, that's billion!]
Also, in this area, Wal-Mart accounts for $50 million in sales tax, and that is one of the reasons that Rogers and the other small towns in the area have decent infrastructure an other community needs. Also, Wal-mart donated almost $4 million to local charitable organizations in 2003 [only statistic available at this time].
So, Wal-Mart, a true global retailer, has a profound effect on Rogers and the rest of Northwest Arkansas.
- Historical Travel