Jones station in Agnes, Arkansas
Arkansas is a state we have went through many times, but most of the times, we never stopped. There are three notable times we stopped. I will consider one here.
One camping on the shore of the Mississippi in a terrible storm. I have mentioned it several times. We were in a pop up tent camper with Sherry’s sister Colette and hubby Sonny. That is the incident where the wind felt like it was going to turn the little camper over and we had to break camp in a deluge and drive across Arkansas. We were low on fuel after a few hours driving and the rain had not let up. I waded thru 4” of rain water, even inside the 24 hr station. The man took my money and said, “I ain’t pumping in this rain, you will get water in your tank, but you can try to pump it yourself.” We did, and kept on trucking.
(Before the storm we had some great grilled Hamburgers)
The time we spent in Arkansas, like in most states, I said I wish I had been born here. You know what I mean. When you are born in a state, it is home to you and there is no way you can get away from it. BUT YOU CAN’T BE BORN IN ALL 50 STATES!
Each state has famous people we all know. One is Sam Walton, a man with a dream that became Walmart. There was Johnny Cash who actually picked cotton in Arkansas in his youth. “One of his songs has a line, ‘Jump down turn around pick a bail of cotton.’
A bale is 400 pounds, it is common knowledge in Arkansas that Johnny did pick a bale a day. Rating him in the top 3% of cotton pickers.
One of my favorite authors is John Grisham. He is from an area of Arkansas familiar to us. He too is remembered fondly. His book ‘A painted House’ was made into a movie .