Arkansas Treasure Hunt travel blog

Trail of Tears


Coin glasses

McDonald's train - find of the day


Wedding Chapel

Cinnamon Rolls

The Winery

The Lucky Duck Peanut

Praline Pecan Bread Pudding

On a sad note first - we are actually traveling across Arkansas on the “Trail of Tears.” For any of you who are unfamiliar with the Trail of Tears, in 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in Oklahoma. The Cherokee people called this journey the "Trail of Tears," because of its devastating effects. The migrants faced hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march. Over 4,000 out of 15,000 of the Cherokees died.

The next note comes from my own curiousity – If we say “Kansas” as Kan-zass, why isn’t Arkansas pronounced “r-kan-zass.” Or Kansas could be “Kan-sah” like Arkansas. What the heck? Why do we wonder why we have trouble communicating? And, then there is the bad spelling! (see the second photo).

We shopped from Ft. Smith to Clarksville today. We spent about $200 and bought 50 items; we are estimating that we will sell these items for a little over $1,000. I have included a couple of photos of these items – we found some cocktail glasses with 22k gold coins on a black background for $8 (they are worth $60 for the set of 6); we bought a 1998 McDonald’s train made by Ertl for $10 and when I looked up what it is selling for – I found two listed at $172 (wahoo!); AND, I have been looking for the DVDs of the the last 2 seasons of PSYCH and Gene found them for me today – now I have all 8 seasons of one of my favorite TV shows EVER!

Some tourist attractions included:

• The Wedding Chapel in Alma – it was an all white building with black silhouettes of brides on the building.

• We stopped at a garage sale at 124 Country Lane Drive in Alma and the lady there heated up two of her homemade cinnamon rolls for us. I would have thought I had died and went to heaven if it hadn’t been 96 degrees at 96% humidity (hotter than hell!).

• We stopped at the winery in Altus and bought 3 bottles of wine made with the famous Arkansas muscadine grapes. Now what am I going to do with 3 bottles of wine?!

• Our dinner PEANUT – Gene and I dined at Colton’s which provides a bucket of peanuts pre-dinner. He reaches into the bucket and pulls out the magic “duck peanut.” I think this is very lucky! Check out the photo. We have preserved the peanut, for further discussion with friends.

Our culinary treats did not end with the DUCK PEANUT and the cinnamon roll. Gene and I stopped at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and what does he order for lunch? Tamales!!! Who in the right mind would go to Arkansas and order tamales? He said they were the best and the lady at the church had two large coolers filled with them. We bought pickled beets and bread & butter pickles from the church ladies, too. Later, we topped off our dinner at Colton’s with PRALINE PECAN BREAD PUDDING – two bites into eating this, I felt myself starting to slip into a diabetic coma!!! Don’t worry. I didn’t waste it. Our hotel upgraded us to a suite, so I have a refrigerator and microwave so that I can enjoy it s-l-o-w-l-y! YUM – life is good.

Here are some of the things we bought today that weren’t mentioned above: a vintage meat grinder (never been used); Perfection Game; Scrabble Deluxe with the turntable; 8 cookbooks; 6 Joe Camel tumblers; Absent Minded Professor record from Disney; Salem playing cards; 22k gold detailed Championship Glasses from 1955); Visions 10 inch skillet; Apollo Glasses; Seal a Meal from 1982 with several boxes of bags; English china cups; the entire Woman’s Day International Encyclopedia of Cooking; Culver 22k gold shot glasses; Garfield mugs; Si-lite lunch trays; Corning Ware; a ceramic wall match safe; a Tramontina Fondue with rotating sauce cups, plates and forks; roaster; and a boat load more.

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