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    Town Square Old Structures

    by BruceDunning Updated May 1, 2009

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    The town has a fair number of old buildings, mostly in the town square. It also has a lot of red limestone homes that were built with flat thin stones. They are of an era in 1940-60's. The square was relocated to here in early 1900's so it could hold more events. Besides Walton Visitor Center as an anchor of the square, there is also the Courthouse. It was designed by A.O. Clark, a reknowned local architect who did a lot of work also in Fayetteville. Cost to build was $200,000 in and was constructed in 1928. There is also a couple of restaurants and some shops to buy things.

    History of the town Confederate Soldier in Splendor by Courthouse Old 1920 structure on corner CAtholic school circa 1909 origination RAnge view of square buildings
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    Prairie Grove Battefield

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 30, 2009

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    This site is of a battle for the frontier and which State would be North or South. It took place December 1862 over 400 acres of ground. There were 2700 casualties and the South ended up drawing away from the fight. Gen Heron and the North had been pursuing South armies and Gen Hindman around the NW territory and this fight set the Confederates back. They have about 10 buildings preserved, or replicated, and the field of battle can be driven through-about 1+ miles.

    Sign to the area off the highway Preserved homes in the woods Homes in the battle area Mural at front of visitor center
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    Native American-Indian Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 30, 2009

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    Wow. By far one of the more detailed displays of Indian artifacts I have seen in my life. They theme is to take you from the BC times when Indians migrated to the North American continent and settled throughout. It is estimated there may have been as many as 30 million Indians at one time. A number of Indian collectors donated their items to the museum, and they are very wonderful. Thousands of arrowheads and tools, but also clothing, and displays of everyday life going through the various periods of evolution of the Indians.
    Donation is appreciated, and there is no charge-but pay them for the work put in to maintain and preserve. Hours are 9-5 Mon-Sat.

    Tent in the front to note Picture of Indian life Display of pottery and eating tools Arrow points and stone tools Migration map of Indians
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    Compton Gardens

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 30, 2009

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    This was the home of Neil Compton, a physician as a career. He also was an avid crusader to preserve nature. His big project was to get people interested in preserving the Buffalo River, and today it stands as a show piece of what preserved nature can be like. The home and 6.5 acres was donated by Compton estate in 2002, after he died in 1990's. It is a mostly wooded area, that has some trails going about 1/2 mile, or so. It is okay to view, but somewhat small and not colorful. It is the woods in the center of town is the purpose.

    Carved stone monument in entry Statue in the garden area Bridge over the creek The home circa 1950's
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    Pea Ridge BAttefiled

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    This 4,300 acre site commemorates a battle lasting March 7 & 8, 1862. Confederates had the edge and the purpose was to have Missouri be a South state. Gen VAn Dorn left the backup ammo too far away for a pitched battle to repel a Northern rout around the back side of the lines. That forced the South to retreat from the field. The park is open daily 8-5 except holidays. Cost is $4 and the drive of about 2 miles takes you to 10 points of battle confrontations on the ground. The visitor center has a 15 minute movie of the events.

    Brochure of the battle BAttel layout on the ground Visitor center CAnnon layout for the fight
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    Beaver DAm

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    This dam was built in 1966 for $46 million. The dam itself is 2575 feet long and the depth at the base is 1142 feet. White River is the flow to create the dam, and this river goes 689 miles from south Arkansas going north to Missouri and back to the south. There was 780,000 pounds of concrete poured. SAhore line in 489 miles around. The dam is a backup for hydro electricity when needed, supporting about 20-30 % power in peak times.

    Vie of dam and spill way Highway going over the dam Carved out cliffside of limestone rock DAm holding back the water Layout map of the lake
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    Hobbs State Park-Beaver Lake

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    Purchased in 1979, the State got 11,644 acres of land, and a lake to boot. There is fishing, boating, camping, trail walks, and other recreation here. The lake is fed by the White River running through it, and is 1182 feet at deepest point. It is 28,370 acres

    Entry into park area View of some of Beaver lake Wooded and winding roads
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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.

    The mill grinding wheel Main entry to pay line Food stuffs on the floors Bean Palace restaurant Brochure of the mill info
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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

    Sign of the cave entry Directions to the cave on Hwy 12 Turn off to the mill or cave Directions to the cave Brochure of the cave info
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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

    Rogers History museum brochure Picture of side of building Corner where you enter Marquee Sign at the plant in Rogers Marquee Sign at the plant in Rogers
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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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    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).

    Church in Old Bentonville nead the square African American Church Jewish congragation Spanish speaking Penticostal Church
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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.

    All in one Big mac and KFC Fast food in a strip mall Ham or hog your choice purple horse mall
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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.

    Pea Ridge National Park Service Pea Ridge Pea Ridge  can I help Pea Ridge Real cannon from the battle Overlooking the battle Pea Ridge
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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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