|State of the Ozarks is now the definitive website of the Ozarks.
Not a government-sponsored travel site nor a local advertisement page, StateoftheOzarks is dedicated to the history, culture and the people of the Ozarks.
The Ozarks region has long been a respected place where the American Heartland still has a voice. Where time runs a little slower, the folks are friendlier, and rivers a bit cleaner. A place that stands in book end answer to elite Eastern sensibilities and the flash of LA culture.
The Ozarks are still here. And were still proud of that.
END OF AN ERA LOUISVILLES NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION 2013 These cavernous, impersonal convention spaces become for one week each year home to an itinerant family of fans, artists, children of artists, ministers, and support staff. Careers have been born, lifelong friends made. It has been a place of tears and pain as well. ..... (READ MORE)
WALKER POWELL (PART I) DO YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH? Ill tell the truth as far as I know. I could make up a story and I guarantee youd believe it. People are very gullible. I could take my slides and make up a story and theyd believe it..... (READ MORE)
WALKER POWELL (PART II) [Tomato Canning Factory] That was kind of before my time. It was 1907. A tornado come along and blew the thing over the side of the hill. Scattered the cans and everything. It was about two years old when it was blowed away. ..... (READ MORE)
HE WAS ALWAYS READY (TO GO FISHIN) by DALE GRUBAUGH It looked as if he was being covered by the very hand of God. I sat mesmerized by the sight, wishing I had brought my camera. Regardless, the sight is forever etched in my mind.... (READ MORE)
THE PARADOX OF STORMS by CINDY CLARK In the early 50s, my mother along with the entire town of Judsonia, Arkansas were forever marked with scars from a tornado that, quite literally, wiped the town off the face of Arkansas for a time.... (READ MORE)
THE EAU DE VIE The spring branch still runs at the Eau de Vie, (pronounced O-divy), that desolate Missouri ghost town abandoned by the mid-1890s. Remants, and there are few, are scattered over three lonely, beautiful hillsides, thick with oak and cedar.. (READ MORE)
TANEY CO. CATTLE SHOW Whitney Coffelt of Omaha, Arkansas (she is Paige Coffelts 10-year old sister) is showing Magdelene, a beautiful registered polled Hereford heifer. Full of spirit, Magdelene is described by Coffelt as having mixed emotions. (READ MORE)
TANEY CO. GOAT SHOW Ten-year old Grant Goolsby, also of Billings, with six-month old buck Gunsmoke. He will be our herd sire, shares Goolsby, He is very proud and he won because he is big, well-muscled and has overall power. That and his dashing good looks. (READ MORE)
TANEY CO. SHEEP SHOW Nine-year old Caitlyn Hunt of T-Highway shows Alex, a Suffolk / Hampshire cross born March 19, 2013. Hes not friendly when youre trying to catch him, says Hunt. Hes jumpy and ticklish around his back legs. (READ MORE)
GRAND VIEW HOTEL, BERRYVILLE, AR In the rolling countryside of Carroll County high in the alpine region of northwest Arkansas the busy town square of Berryville saw the opening of an imposing new hotel, first called The Saint George. The year was 1902. It must have been an exciting time the opening celebrations included a special excursion train arrival at the Berryville depot as well as a gala in the grand ballroom...(READ MORE)
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Welcome to the Ozarks first online magazine!
These old hills are home to a people. A people defined by a region a people who have come to define that region.
It is easy to understand plateaus and highlands, rivers, boundaries. It is not so easy to understand a people, a culture, a sensibility.
These old hills are rugged. Long ago, they attracted the desperate, the independent. The foolish.
Frenchman from New Orleans. Early British pioneers. Poor Irish immigrants, then black-dirt farmers from Indiana and Illinois.
Southerners to establish Missouri as a slave state.
Unionists from Ohio and Iowa. German immigrants by the scores, with high-minded sensibilities, organizational skills and a desire to escape political persecution in Europe.
The foolish died quickly or moved away.
The independent flourished.
The depraved found safety and often became more depraved.
In the 19th century, the Ozarks were a lonely, dangerous place. And what little law and order existed before the ravages of war, there was none after.
Stories of deadly bushwhackers, baldknobbers and just plain-out-and-out-coldblooded killers make for romantic legends today.
It wasnt too romantic at the time.
How would you like to walk to school one morning and find the body of a neighbor hanging from a tree?
Or work from dawn till dusk for months, only to see locust clouds descend over the hills, eating crops, grass, even fenceposts?
Life in these hills was hard.
Out of that hardness was bred a people a people defined as stalwart, laconic, distrustful. A people self-reliant.
To define the Ozark region by its culture?
Some would say these peoples are a microcosm of all that makes the United States what it is.
This State of the Ozarks.
Joshua Heston, editor
April 26, 2009
"The early spring day
[believed to be April 5, 1885] dawned bright and clear. The meeting grounds were on top of Snapp's Bald, a great treeless peak located about two miles northwest of Kirbyville, a village of approximately five miles southwest of Forsyth and not far from the Kinney home.
"Barren of timber and underbrush, the spot had been selected because sentries could insure the secrecy and security of the proceedings. This particular peak commanded a view of the countryside that discouraged interlopers from drawing nearer than a half mile." page 35
Excerpt from: Hartman, Mary and Ingenthron, Elmo, Baldknobbers: vigilantes on the Ozark frontier, Pelican Publishing Company Inc., 1988.