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Tales of Hogscald Holler

“Raw Head” or “Demon-Hog” by Lance Estep, 1988, charcoal Tales of Hogscald Holler by Lance Estep Adjoining Hogscald Holler is Durham Mill Hollow. This hollow has a large cave with walls — according to multiple sources — covered by petroglyphs carved by the Ancient Ones: the Ozark Bluff Dwellers who came before the Osage, Quapaw…

Hogscald Holler

Hwy 23 road sign from 1962 Hogscald Holler BY LANCE ESTEP WITH JOSHUA HESTON During the fall of 2014, Lance Estep, a member of the Arkansas Archaeological Society and student at Missouri State University, was given the opportunity to conduct an independent study of Hogscald Holler near Eureka Springs for his Advanced Methods in Archaeology…

Goin’ to the County Fair

Goin’ to the County Fair by Dale Grubaugh Summertime. It’s time for the county fair. Growin up in rural Crawford County Missouri, one of things we youngin’s looked forward to was fair time. Fair time meant the city kinfolk would come a’visitin’ and we’d all be havin lots and lots of fun. It began as…

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta BY DALE GRUBAUGH On the bank of Wilson’s Creek the battle lines had been drawn. We advanced a few feet, then upon command, we retreated a few. Moments later we were ordered to advance back to our previous position only to be pushed back to where we had…

Magic of the Hillfolk Herbalism

Magic of the Hillfolk Herbalism BY STEPHEN J. MEEK There’s magic in the plants of these Ozark hills. Third-generation herbalist Lisa Pluth notes plantain (Plantago major) has the power to heal a thorn in the flesh when used as a simple green bandage. Of the splinter she got, she says “After I put the plantain…

Dottie Rambo

Dottie Rambo BY JOSHUA HESTON He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs: A simple statement of faith. A revolutionary Christianity. Plate 1. Joyce Reba Luttrell — Dottie Rambo — was born on March 2, 1934, in Madisonville, Kentucky. She is remembered as a legendary songwriter, having penned upwards of 2,500 songs. Many of…

Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison

PLATE 1. Near-kitschy — but always impressive — murals covered entire walls, an endearing reminder of past generations, past times, even past meals. Here, Garrison’s art features a vast still-life. Oranges, asters, grapes, feathers and a delicately rendered Old World sculpture stand watch over diners. Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison BY JOSHUA…

Autumn Gallery: Kieffer’s Mural in Silver Dollar City

Mural in Silver Dollar City BY JOSHUA HESTON On the west wall of the unpretentious visitors’ exit of Silver Dollar City, a beautiful Kieffer mural celebrating the Ozarks in autumn can be found. Equally unpretentious in style, this work of George Kieffer is passed by tens of thousands of guests, often without a second thought.…

Art Show of the Ozarks 2010

PLATE 1. “The painting Around the Bend is the westward view of the Finley River from the Highway 160 Bridge. I was inspired to create this painting by the contrast of the warm afternoon sun on the water and the deep, cool shadows of the enormous trees. The kayakers were added for a color center…

Miss Angie’s End of Season Garden Relish

PLATE 1. Beautiful jars of End-of-the-Year Relish, waiting for a winter season of hot dogs, brats, Polish sausage, pork chops and just-plain eatin’ out of the jar. Miss Angie’s End of Season Garden Relish by Joshua Heston This amazing relish has two important stories for me. First, the precise recipe is from Angie Haage-Hubbs of…

Mandolin Maker John Wynn (1938 to 2010)

Mandolin Maker John Wynn (1938 to 2010) by Joshua Heston What is Ozark culture? “Self-made,” said John Wynn, without missing a beat. “When they got here to such backwoods, hilly country that you couldn’t hardly farm because there wasn’t a level piece of land around, they had to build everything they used. They built their…

Kewpie by Joshua Heston

Editor’s note: I was challenged by a good friend to write a “creepy story” involving the nationally recognized Kewpie doll created in the early 20th century by Rose O’Neill, whose Bonniebrook estate lies just a few miles north of Branson near Bear Creek. For the record, I actually find Kewpies to be rather endearing but…

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Tales of Hogscald Holler

“Raw Head” or “Demon-Hog” by Lance Estep, 1988, charcoal Tales of Hogscald Holler by Lance Estep Adjoining Hogscald Holler is Durham Mill Hollow. This hollow has a large cave with walls — according to multiple sources — covered by petroglyphs carved by the Ancient Ones: the Ozark Bluff Dwellers who came before the Osage, Quapaw…

Hogscald Holler

Hwy 23 road sign from 1962 Hogscald Holler BY LANCE ESTEP WITH JOSHUA HESTON During the fall of 2014, Lance Estep, a member of the Arkansas Archaeological Society and student at Missouri State University, was given the opportunity to conduct an independent study of Hogscald Holler near Eureka Springs for his Advanced Methods in Archaeology…

Goin’ to the County Fair

Goin’ to the County Fair by Dale Grubaugh Summertime. It’s time for the county fair. Growin up in rural Crawford County Missouri, one of things we youngin’s looked forward to was fair time. Fair time meant the city kinfolk would come a’visitin’ and we’d all be havin lots and lots of fun. It began as…

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta

Elias Tucker Goes to War… Well, Sorta BY DALE GRUBAUGH On the bank of Wilson’s Creek the battle lines had been drawn. We advanced a few feet, then upon command, we retreated a few. Moments later we were ordered to advance back to our previous position only to be pushed back to where we had…

The Captain Taylor Farm

The Captain Taylor Farm BY JOSHUA HESTON Shortly after the War Between the States, a certain Captain Taylor settled on a massive tract of land (totaling around 1,000 acres) not far north of Ozark, Missouri. Unlike many poor dirt farmers of the era, Taylor was successful. Mighty successful. On the rolling Springfield Plain, southeast of…

Dottie Rambo

Dottie Rambo BY JOSHUA HESTON He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs: A simple statement of faith. A revolutionary Christianity. Plate 1. Joyce Reba Luttrell — Dottie Rambo — was born on March 2, 1934, in Madisonville, Kentucky. She is remembered as a legendary songwriter, having penned upwards of 2,500 songs. Many of…

Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison

PLATE 1. Near-kitschy — but always impressive — murals covered entire walls, an endearing reminder of past generations, past times, even past meals. Here, Garrison’s art features a vast still-life. Oranges, asters, grapes, feathers and a delicately rendered Old World sculpture stand watch over diners. Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison BY JOSHUA…

Autumn Gallery: Kieffer’s Mural in Silver Dollar City

Mural in Silver Dollar City BY JOSHUA HESTON On the west wall of the unpretentious visitors’ exit of Silver Dollar City, a beautiful Kieffer mural celebrating the Ozarks in autumn can be found. Equally unpretentious in style, this work of George Kieffer is passed by tens of thousands of guests, often without a second thought.…

Art Show of the Ozarks 2010

PLATE 1. “The painting Around the Bend is the westward view of the Finley River from the Highway 160 Bridge. I was inspired to create this painting by the contrast of the warm afternoon sun on the water and the deep, cool shadows of the enormous trees. The kayakers were added for a color center…

Miss Angie’s End of Season Garden Relish

PLATE 1. Beautiful jars of End-of-the-Year Relish, waiting for a winter season of hot dogs, brats, Polish sausage, pork chops and just-plain eatin’ out of the jar. Miss Angie’s End of Season Garden Relish by Joshua Heston This amazing relish has two important stories for me. First, the precise recipe is from Angie Haage-Hubbs of…

Mandolin Maker John Wynn (1938 to 2010)

Mandolin Maker John Wynn (1938 to 2010) by Joshua Heston What is Ozark culture? “Self-made,” said John Wynn, without missing a beat. “When they got here to such backwoods, hilly country that you couldn’t hardly farm because there wasn’t a level piece of land around, they had to build everything they used. They built their…

Summer Firework Art

PLATE 1. Crazy Debbie’s Discount Fireworks take over an old building near Mount Branson on East 76. Summer Firework Art by Joshua Heston An oscillating fan turned, moving humid air from one aisle to another, cement floor smooth and a little dewy in the hot summer night. The glowing Black Cat sign competed with a…