Arkansas

Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock

Back in 2003, the Bill Clinton Presidential Library was just a glimmer in the eyes of various Saudi princes (link) and the ex-wife of Marc Rich (link). At that time it was in the process of being built and the only artifact available was an artist's rendition of what it would look like, as shown in the following picture shot at the River Market in downtown Little Rock. Note: as an apparent tip of the hat to Al Gore, the building is highly energy efficient (link).... (read more)

June 22, 2008 – 9:43pm

Signal Hill, highpoint of Arkansas

In November 2003 - shortly after I finished driving through the state and was safely in Texas - I immediately awarded Arkansas with my "Most Creepy and Corrupt State" award. But, it's not all bad and one of the highlights was Signal Hill, the highest point in the state at a whopping 2,753'. Pictured right is my bicycle at the sign marking the summit.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm

Crater of Diamonds State Park

In early November 2003 I paid a brief visit to Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro AR (link). Visting the "Crater of Dirt" was a bit of a waste of time and money; I went there on the state highways and if I'd just gone from Hot Springs south along the interstate I could have saved myself at least an hour. The park is basically just a big field that looks like it's been plowed. As in fact it has, by thousands of visitors who come here looking for diamonds. While the rules and regulations might have changed, at the time they were just charging a $5 entrance fee, which let you go in and dig to your heart's content. I don't recall it at the time, but a recent news report says you can't sell any diamonds you find (link).... (read more)

December 11, 2007 – 9:00pm

Bill Clinton, the ultimate "Showman"

Here's a picture of the headquarters for the Hot Springs Showmen's Association ("No Business Like Show Business"), a meeting hall/entertainment center for carnival folk. In a way, this place sums up Bill Clinton better than anything else could:... (read more)

January 9, 2007 – 1:17pm