On Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at 11 AM, Mountain steward, Robert R. Gaut will present his organization's new documentary film, "Mystery of the Trees" at 11 AM at the Historic, Knob Creek Church. A slideshow on Arkansas Trail Trees will follow and participants will be treated to a demonstration on how to document trees for the Mountain Stewards.org database while visiting a newly discovered tree as well as the "Jumbo Thong Tree" and "Grafted Trees near Jumbo". The event is free. We will be accepting donations to offset Mr. Gaut's expenses and DVD's of "Mystery of the Trees" will be available for purchase. For more info, look for our "Exploring Izard County" group on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you there!
Big Springs lies between Mount Pleasant and Sidney and is located at the very headwaters of historic Poke Bayou. In the Benge Detachment journal, it is reported that one group of Cherokee camped at a spring in this area during the Trail of Tears journey through Izard County.. It is very possible...even highly likely it was at Big Springs. The group had followed Poke Bayou out of Batesville camping at Flat Rock in Sharp County the night before.
The cemetery bears the remains of several confederate soldiers from the community who died during the conflict. Two young men, David Bone and Joel Battles, both died within days of each other from measles. Joel's father, Frances Nelson Battles, drafted beyond the age of 40, also died during the war but it is said there was no explanation that arrived with the body when it was returned to the family. Joel's Brother, Andrew Jackson Battles was killed in action during the civil war as well. David Bone and Joel Battles are both mentioned in these articles by Sgt. Elihu Beckham. Samuel D. Gunn was also a private in Company K of the Arkansas 21st. Captain Christian Christopher Elkins s (C C Elkins) was also sent home sick around the time the two boys died. Christian is the brother of Thomas O. Elkins and is one of three brothers who moved to this area of Izard County in the 1850s.
There are several ministers buried here as well, including W.A. Givens, Samuel Gunn, and Henry F Bone.
Ricky and Cal were cruising around a few weeks ago and came across this amazing tree just over the county line in Independence County. We went back a few days later and asked the owner if we could take a closer look! What a tree!
Our friend and colleague, David Pittman invited us over to his place this weekend to document a bent tree on his property near New Liberty. This area is in the corridor of the original Military Road traveled by the Benge Detachment on the Trail of Tears. We are told that there are several more trees on an adjacent property that are as large or larger than this example. The grindstone was found in the area as well along with other artifacts. We hope to get to document the other trees once all hunting seasons are over with. Note the tri-trunk tree next to the bent tree which has three knots and the three knots which are equidistant along the hip of the bent tree.
A week ago this past Friday, Rick and I were riding along Highway 56
approaching the bridge across Piney Creek when he exclaimed, "There's a
thong tree!" And he was right!
Folks, we've driven this road looking for bent trees many times and Rick spots one only 50 feet off the highway in the exact spot we should expect to find one!
This amazing tree grows along a hollow that appears might have been the route of an early road fording the creek.
The Highway 56 corridor is a known route of those traveling the Trail of Tears through Izard County
Last week, while showing Linda and Jim Henderson some of the vintage churches in the county, I happened to notice this awesome trail tree along a ridge above Mill Creek just off a road we've looked for trees on many times. It's amazing to think that we've passed within 50 feet of this tree dozens of times without noticing it! This is a classic-shaped trail tree and it stands in an area we have predicted we'd find more trees.
A wet & wild weekend in the Izard County Outback. Wildflowers were blooming, dewberries were ripening, and the mountain streams were flowing!
Following are photos of excursions to the Sylamore Waterfall and to a pair of falls near Gid we've never documented before. We've known about one of them but have never got the chance to catch it after a good rain. They lie along Colley Branch and since we don't know any nicknames for either, we have dubbed them the "Colley Branch Cave Waterfall" and "Jack-in-the-Box Falls".
I know that this is a common claim people make around the world, but to me the Ozarks of Arkansas truly is God's Country! This site will be dedicated to showing anyone interested--Sunday motorists to fair-weather cyclists--some of the hidden treasures in the county they drive through.
Over the past several years, with the explosion of the popularity of custom car-clubs and motorcycle enthusiasts, Izard county has seen a parade of people from outside the area coming to enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of their chosen mode of pleasurable transportation. Many, I'm absolutely sure, drive by sights that are easily accesible and not far off the highway never even knowing those sights are there. This blog will give anyone searching for information before they visit the area a way to know where some of those places are.
Ozarks Schoolin' Donation Box
Lunenburg School Donations
Send Donations to:
Lunenburg Community Center
HC 77 Box 510
Melbourne, Ar 72556
C/O Mary Loggains (Secretary)