Monday, April 26, 2010

"Great Scott!" Expedition

Less than a half hour drive from the busy metropolis of Little Rock, Arkansas, you can step back into what would seem like a time warp, compared to the frenzy of activity in Arkansas's capitol city. I am talking about taking an excursion to Scott, Arkansas. This photo collage shows some of the scenery between Scott and Little Rock. The bottom photo of the collage shows a shady lake where several folks can be seen fishing from the bank. Above that photo, one can see that those with the "need for speed" can crank up the engine on a powerful motorboat, and skip along the surface of the Arkansas River. The highway to Scott will also take you by a restored plantation (upper left photo), as well as a beautiful Corps of Engineer Park called Willow Beach (upper right photo).

It is definitely worth your time to visit the Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott ( ). It is a popular place for school field trips, as evidenced by the school children playing on the railroad track device in lower right photo. One can also see vintage farm equipment----such as the John Deere tractor in lower left that STILL "runs like a deere"--- or completely "retired" antique equipment, that only harvests more rust each year, as it sits on display adjacent to the museum. There is also a cotton gin and other milling operations to visit, as shown in upper right photo.

And no visit to Scott would be complete without a stop at the world-famous Cotham's General Store (phone 501-961-9284), whose exterior is shown in this photo collage. The dilapidated building sits just inches off the highway, and extends out over a swampy area complete with cypress trees and (I would assume) all other creatures known to inhabit swamps. Who knows, if you sat here long enough, you might even spot an evasive Ivory-billed Woodpecker! Perhaps that is what this Cotham's employee is doing, as he takes a breather between frying up orders of their famous "Hubcap Hamburger".

Although Cotham's is usually so busy at lunchtime that you have to wait in line to be seated, I visited between lunch and supper on a lazy Friday afternoon, so that the place was not crowded, and I was able to photograph at will. This little eatery became famous because politicians like David Pryor and Bill Clinton were known to pass through its doors on occasion. Because of this notoriety (plus shows about it on the Food Network and the Travel Channel), a second location opened up in downtown Little Rock. However, nothing can compare with the AUTHENTIC "shabby sheek" of the original Scott location! So next time you're in the mood for a little history and mystery, boogie on down to Scott! Miles of smiles! Tricia
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