Sunday, May 22, 2011

ESC Extra! Bud Cooper on Gunpowder Production During Civil War

While browsing YouTube this morning, I came across this excellent short interview with Izard County's own Bud Cooper, a noted local historian.
The information Mr. Cooper provides during the interview is great. Equally great is the knowledge that as more people become aware of the usefulness of the internet through blogging and video hosting, the more great local interest stories like these we will find!
Kudos to civilwarhalftruths for their effort to preserve our local history and culture!


NOTE- Cross-posted at Exploring Izard County

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

West Richwoods Schoolhouse

Pictured below is the West Richwoods School. The school, which has also served as a church as evidenced by the cross perched upon the belfry, was built in 1921 by Albert Huebbler, a craftsman of German descent who built several other structures in the county. It's design is set apart from other schools in the county by the "splayed entry" with double doors as opposed to the more common two-door configuration most common in the surrounding hills.

This one-room school building, which lies just off Highway 9 a few miles south of Mountain View, is in the old Richwoods community where Stone County's own Jimmy Driftwood was born and raised.

The site is listed in on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Meeting- Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society

The Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society invites you to:


Sunday, April 25th, 2:00 p.m.
Calico Rock Museum in the Chamber of Commerce Office
Main Street, Calico Rock
(Highway 56 at the White River Bridge)

Sponsored by:
Calico Rock Museum
Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society
Exploring Izard County

Bring your treasured old photographs, letters, documents, heirlooms and artifacts to the Museum History Swap. People will give a brief history of each item they bring. The museum curator will make a short presentation about the recently opened museum and its connection to the 1854 Trimble House and to Peppersauce Ghost Town.

That day, the museum will have a scanner set up to make copies of old photographs and other documents. They will also take photos of heirloom items and artifacts. Those wishing to donate or lend any items to the museum will be given details of how to do this. Following the program, the Historical Society will hold a business meeting.

Directions: From the north, drive south on Highway 56 into Calico Rock. At the stop sign by the Calico Rock Music Hall, turn left onto Highway 5. Travel about two blocks. The Museum is in the Chamber of Commerce office on the “high side” of Main Street.

For information
Contact Historical Society Roger Harvell 870-368-3618 or

Denny Elrod through

or visit

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Civil War in Izard County" by Roger Harvell

Following is the video of Part 1 of Roger Harvell's presentation during the Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society's Fall meeting at Lunenburg's newly remodeled Community Center. The event occurred this past Sunday, October 8th, 2009.

The town of Riggsville played a significant part of Colonel Elisha Baxter's Campaign in Early 1864.

Links to the rest of the presentation are located at bottom of post.


View the rest!

Part2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Video: Magical History Tour - Part 1

Following is part 1 of the video covering Exploring Izard County's recent "Magical History Tour"!


Watch Part Two by clicking here!

You can view lots more videos of the Izard County area by clicking here!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Videos: Tri-County Traverse, Izard-Stone County Traverse!

As the administrators of Exploring Stone County brainstorm about how the blog will develop, we offer readers these two videos from Exploring Izard County.