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Cowie winery pours sips of the grape, history, fun

A winery equipped with a museum, a chapel and a belfry would be a novelty almost anywhere. That's more so the case in Arkansas, where the making of wine is something of a peripheral enterprise.

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Izard County 'ghost town' still has lots of life

A rustic wagon bridge across Calico Creek separates two historic parts of Calico Rock. Below is a ghost town of empty stores and other businesses, along with a pint-size jail. Above stands the current commercial strip, some of its weathered facades also dating back a century or more.

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Historic Black House holds Searcy art gallery

A gallery of local contemporary art installed in a handsome historic house delivers a one-two punch of pleasure for visitors to Searcy.

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Norfork house stands as state's oldest log building

Arkansas was still just a territory when Jacob Wolf put Cherokees to work felling yellow pine trees and erecting the house that now bears his name. It is believed to be the oldest standing log structure and the oldest public building in the Natural State.

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Once zinc clamor fizzled, town of Rush did too

"Zinc rush" somehow lacks the jolt of excitement delivered by "gold rush." But the quest for zinc is what spawned the aptly named Rush. Once a boom town and now a ghost town, it is one of the most intriguing historic sites within the boundaries of Buffalo National River.

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Buffalo River waterway is a joy in any season

By the time Buffalo National River reaches Buffalo Point, the popular waterway is in full flow on its meandering last stretch to the White River. Canoeing and kayaking are generally possible year-round on the lower river here, while the cool waters beneath rugged bluffs are a summer magnet for swimmers.

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Greers Ferry offers lots of land, water diversions

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed building Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River in the late 1950s, many residents of Cleburne and Van Buren counties objected. That's because the lake created by the dam would submerge several small towns and flood acres of productive farmland.

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Gangster Museum recalls when Capone slept here

HOT SPRINGS -- The famously notorious Al Capone was a ruthless mobster kingpin responsible for a string of gangland murders and a titanic flow of bootleg liquor during Prohibition. He was also a generous tipper, to judge from memories shared with visitors to the Gangster Museum of America.

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Molten majesty

Iceland’s volcanic landscapes just part of island’s magnetism

Imagine Arkansas dotted with 30 or more active volcanoes. Then you can begin to picture the otherworldly lava landscapes that cover much of Iceland, making this mid-Atlantic island a paradise of photogenic scenery.

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'The King (snake)' greets Lake Catherine visitors

If you've never held a snake, a good place to start is by handling Elvis at Lake Catherine State Park.