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Van Buren is a historic river town spilling over with sights

VAN BUREN -- Bob Burns was an Arkansas teenager when he invented an oddball musical instrument whose namesakes helped win World War II four decades later.

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Cadron park recalls 1834 Trail of Tears tragedy

Arkansas highways are marked with so many signs for "Trail of Tears" -- the forced westward migration of American Indians in the 1830s -- that they tend to become just a roadside blur.

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Rabbit Ridge off-road bike trail fine for novices

For casual cyclists, the notion of tackling a mountain-bike trail can seem daunting. Won't there be rugged terrain and steep inclines, more rigorous than an off-road newbie could handle?

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Pine Bluff conveys history as transportation hub

It's true that Pine Bluff has seen better days, as witnessed by blocks of Main Street closed to vehicles because of danger from crumbling buildings.

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Summer festival slate just starting to heat up

Natural as well as man-made marvels are celebrated in Arkansas during a potpourri of June festivals, timed to attract crowds before the oppressive heat of full-fledged summer keeps us tethered to our air conditioners.

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State's jewels

Seven Arkansas sites shine on 100th birthday of National Park Service

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, Arkansas can plausibly claim to have the oldest U.S. national park. That's true once you buy into the notion that a national park by any other name is still a national park.

Seven is lucky number

To mark the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the agency's seven units in Arkansas are promoting the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge.

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Museum recalls old times on lower White River

The canoe on special exhibit at Lower White River Museum State Park is more than just a means of conveyance, although it has traveled the length of the storied Arkansas waterway.

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International Migratory Bird Day lands Saturday

Saturday will be a high-flying occasion at Lake Ouachita State Park, as International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated with a program of hiking, boating and nature-focused talks.

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Quilt Trail cuts colorful path through Pocahontas

A number of Arkansas towns have downtown walls decorated with murals. But Pocahontas stands out with its Randolph County Quilt Trail, displaying reproductions of more than 50 quilts on buildings in its 17-square-block National Historic District.