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    War Eagle Mill-Inside building

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    The bridge over the War Eagle River is now 100 years old in 2008. The mill is a celebrated building of its own. They have had activity here since 1832, when Sylvanus Blackburn built the mill on site and brought his family and six kids from Kentucky. It burned down in 1838; got rebuilt again immediately and then burned again in 1848. BAd luck would have it, the mill was burned down during the Civil War to keep its use from the Union troops coming here. It got rebuilt again in 1873. The Blackburns had ownership for 80 years. It was bought out in 1920 to be a hotel, but closed in 1924 for money problems. Lastly it was a totally rebuilt building again in 1973 by the Caywell family who ran the operation for 30 years and sold out in 2004. The Roenigcks of Eureka Springs bought it to add to their ownership of Cresent Hotel and Basin Park Hotel there. They promote the mill flour and products in the hotels. A bad flood in March 2008 had water rising 4 feet and covered the first floor. The second and third were okay, but they had to redo again. The mill wheel is 18 feet and they mill 200,000 pounds of flour a year here on the old machinery. Open seven days March-January each year, and is free so you can buy gifts. The Bean Palace Restaurant is on 3rd floor and country food.

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    War Eagle Cavern

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    The cave was closed on our Sunday trip for some unknown reason, and really did not want to go through it anyway. The promo is to take a maze in the woods trek, or pan for gems, or follow the guide, of buy smokes and gifts. It sounds tacky and trys to cover it all for a buck. The tour is one hour total with 1/2 mile there and back. Price is $11.50 adults, and open 10-5 Mon-Sat and 1-5 Sundays. I would call ahead in off season because I suspect it may not be open

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    Rogers Daisy Air Gun Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 28, 2009

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    The air rifle museum is in the center of town in a corner building on the square. It does not have much to offer and the exhibits are scant. Admission is $2 and open Tues-SAt 10-5. YOu could be one of the 1700 annual visitors-not many huh!!.
    The town history museum is on 322 S. second St and open Tues-Sat 10-5. Most exhibits are hands on for kids to enjoy. The home is of the Hawkins family from 1895 circa on the home.
    Really both are pretty much a disappointment

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    Beaver Lake

    by Ekahau Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Just outside of Bentonville is the really beautiful Beaver Lake, just the mention of the name makes striped bass fishermen start to cut bait. It is really big with about 500 miles of Shoreline with large Limestone bluffs and is a very popular place for tourist in this part of the USA. Beaver lake has twelve developed parks with very nice campsites complete with running water, electricity, showers, and restrooms. The lake has hiking trails, places to lunch a boat and swimming beaches all around it.

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    place of worship

    by Ekahau Updated Aug 6, 2006

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    Church in Old Bentonville nead the square
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    One of the understandings the student of American culture comes to grip with when traveling in the USA is our sense individualism - it is really at the roots of the American sense of self.

    Unlike my wife experience growing up in Asia kids in the USA sleep alone at a very early age often time from birth so grow up almost devoted to individualism.

    I think this in some part America’s connection to religion in their place of worship the American is part of a group that has a common group sense of self. But the funny thing about Americans places of worship they as a general rule filled with a same folks. We work together but worship apart in the most part so there are churches that are mostly African American or White or Hispanic.

    For someone from outside the USA the most interesting (in my opinion)is an African American Church. But, if I had more time I would check out the Hindu Association of North West Arkansas new hindu temple at 12778 E Gaiche in nearby Gentry or the Jewish congergation Etz Chaim (tree of life).

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    Cruise the Strip Malls

    by Ekahau Written Aug 5, 2006

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    Many of my Singaporean friends ask what is America is really like. Well this next tip is a most American thing to do "cruise the strip malls"and shop until you drop". This is a view of the Bentonville area that you the VTer would see when taking any exit off the Interstate highway that is running through it.

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    Town next door to wal*mart

    by Ekahau Written Aug 5, 2006

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    Rogers is the town next door to wal*mart but don’t tell that to a rogerite you see the first true wal*mart store was built here in Rogers. The whole concept built in Sam’s mind that has been roller out around the world was rolled out for the first time in Rogers Arkansas.

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    Battle of Pea Ridge March 7-8, 1862

    by Ekahau Written Aug 3, 2006

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    For history buffs on of the very best preserved battle fields of the civil war is a National Park service site a short distance out of Bentonville. In this 1862 major battle, Pea Ridge or Elkhorn Tavern the Northern side in the war, the Union forces halted the Rebel attack of the South leaving the Union in control of Missouri a slave state.

    The VTer can see the famous place you read about in history like Elkhorn Tavern and Telegraph Road.

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    Where it all started for Walmart

    by Ekahau Written Aug 3, 2006

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    The photo below is of the Sam Walton’s 5 and dime variety store of the 1950s would be call a dollar store today. Then variety store owner Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart discount store in Rogers, Ark., in 1962. By 1967 just five years latter Sam had five stores and Wal-Mart's stores made $13 million. This old Walton 5 & 10 Store is now a Wal-Mart museum with about 100,000 visitors a year going through it. Now that is marketing I am sure even Sam would be proud of. the Wal-Mart Visitors Center highlights the begining and growth of Wal-Mart.

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    Golf! Fishing! Boating! Dining! Visit Bella Vista

    by BellaVistaFlyer Written Jun 22, 2005
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    Welcome to Bella Vista, Arkansas -- the Gem of the Ozarks. Just a few short miles north of the sprawling Bentonville/Rogers area (home of Wal-Mart) lies the small village of Bella Vista. It was originally established in the early 1900s by Cooper Communities as a golf resort. Today the village includes more than 7 golf courses, 9 lakes, clubhouses, restaurants, hiking trails, and even a yacht-club with 4-star dining! Golfing and fishing are the number one draw, but nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Tanyard Creek Trail complete with waterfalls, caves, and historical markers. Visit the Bella Vista museum for the history behind this unique community.

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    Walton's Five and Dime

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 12, 2004

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    Sam Walton started his entrepreneurial spirit in downtown Bentonville many years ago, however his spirit of frugal living still lives on today!

    In 1962, Sam Walton started his store in Bentonville... and then in 1979 he was united with his famed pickup truck.

    3000 stores later, and now Sam is collecting those pennies in heaven.

    The original wal-mart was transferred to a museum in 1990.

    Worth the visit!

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    Bentonville old Homes

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 28, 2009

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    Some of the Victorian structures are still in good shape. Others need some work. A lot of the homes are from the 1950-60's and like going back in time.

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    Bentonville City Square

    by Ekahau Written Aug 3, 2006

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    Yes this is the South
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    Very nice and well maintained Central square really is charming and a great place to people watch and just hang out relax in the summer breeze.

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  • Jul 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Have an idea where and how much

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      Jul 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Hi. You need to post more information for people to help you, please. Where and how much for what? Your question is also better asked in the Bentonville travel forum where people who know this locations will see it:

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