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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15650 on: June 30, 2015, 09:24:36 pm »

Here are some stream-of-consciousness thoughts.
1) Downtown is the place to be. You can park, and walk everywhere the whole weekend. The least convient downtown hotel by far is the Marriott. Avoid it. Most downtown places require a two night stay. The cheapest is the Hampton, and it's newish. Book now regardless of where you stay.

2) If you can get to Jackson, TN Thursday night, that's good.

3) Friday night if you can't get downtown,  any hotel in West Knoxville is good (Cedar Bluff, Turkey Creek, etc.). It's all your generic strip development stuff. Even if you stay west , go downtown to Market Square Friday night.

Public lots and street parking are free after 5, and on weekends.

4) Saturday I go to Soccer Taco for my pregame meal, followed by Coolato Gelato a couple of blocks away. It's~ 1 mile from the stadium, and postgame I walk back to the Downtown Grill & Brewery on Gay Street.

5) There's a strategy for avoiding postgame traffic I'll be glad to share later.

Random Notes
- Avoid Gatlinburg. It's not quick to get to.
- Visit Cades Cove in the Smokies if you have time
- Crossville and Cookeville are good places to stay after late games. Rockwood works too.
- Plan to walk a lot. Knoxville is less hilly than Fayetteville, but not by a lot.
- You're safe walking wherever. It's not Memphis.
- You'll run into some morons, but like anywhere, most folks will be nice.
- The seats are narrow.

I'll be happy to answer specific questions.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15651 on: June 30, 2015, 10:09:35 pm »

Here are some strea-of-consciousness thoughts.
1) Downtown is the place to be. You can park, and walk everywhere the whole weekend. The Marriott is the least convient downtown hotel. Avoid it. Most downtown places require a two night stay. The cheapest id the Hampton, and it's new. Book now regardless of whete you stay.

2) If you can get to Jackson, TN Thursday night, that's good.

3) Friday night if you can't get downtown,  any hotel in West Knoxville is good (Cedar Bluff, Turkey Creek, etc.). It's all your generic strip development stuff. Even if you stay west , go downtown to Market Square Friday night.

Public lots and street parking are free after 5, and on weekends.

4) Saturday, I go to Soccer Taco for my pregame meal, followed by Coolato Gelato a couple of blocks away. It's~ 1 mile from the stadium, and postgame I walk back to the Downtown Grill & Brewery on Gay Street.

5) There's a strategy for avoiding postgame traffic I'll be glad to share later.

Random Notes
- Avoid Gatlinburg. It's not quick to get to.
- Visit Cades Cove in the Smokies if you have time
- Crossville and Cookeville are good places to stay after late games. Rockwood works too.
- Plan to walk a lot. Knoxville is less hilly than Fayetteville, but not by a lot.
- You're safe walking wherever. It's not Memphis.
- You'll run into some morons, but like anywhere, most folks will be nice.
- The seats are narrow.

I'll be happy to answer specific questions.

 Was in Knoxville two weeks ago on the way home from Gatlinburg. Downtown  Grill & Brewery is no joke. Great beer and the sandwiches are stacked. Also the best sopapillas you've ever had, anywhere, ever... The guitar shop across the way is over priced and there was a large number of homeless folks there. The homeless are well behaved and appear to get paid to hand out flyers to visitors... Great town that I will go to again when I have more time.

 The stadium is not updated all the way around, but the front facade is beautiful. They were having their HS camps when we were there so we couldn't get in to get pics, but if it looks that big from the outside I am certain the place is massive on the inside...
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15652 on: July 01, 2015, 05:57:12 am »

1) OneTusk makes a key point about the stadium. It is old, and old things lack amenities. Well, renovations near the high donors (I am not one) are nice, but for some reason the visitor and student areas are slated to be updated last. Neyland will take you back to 1930.

2) Maryville/ Alcoa may be a cheaper Friday night option than west Knoxville , that's just as convenient to downtown. Check Oak Ridge too. It's not quite as close, but not bad. Uber fare Friday night from downtown to Maryville/ Alcoa would be reasonable. Oak Ridge would cost at least 2x.

Did I mention now would be a good time to book? No surprise, but Knoxville isn't a big city, and has limited hotels.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15653 on: July 01, 2015, 07:46:34 am »

only thing I would add is to not stay on the east side of downtown unless you go out to strawberry plains or farther.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15654 on: July 01, 2015, 09:24:12 am »

1) gmarv speaks the truth, but if you're coming from Fayetteville, there should be convenient options west and south of town. I'd take Lenoir City over anything east too. It's not that far out.

2) Calhoun's BBQ is overrated. It's not bad, but don't plan your life around it.

3)  Here's the deal with parking and traffic.
     a) Plan to walk at least a mile each way. It's not a big deal.
     b) Park downtown FREE at the State Street garage. It's right behind the theaters.
     c) AVOID Neyland Drive 2 hours before and after the game.
     d) If it's an early or afternoon game, grab some food downtown afterwards. You'll just be sitting in traffic, so this doesn't delay your trip that much.
     e) If it's a night game, postgame gets tough. If you're going west on I-40, your best bet from downtown is to hit I-275 North toward Lexington, then get on I-640 Westbound to I-40. This takes you around the worst bottlenecks.
     f) If the walking sounds like a pain (no difference from Fayetteville IMHO), the closer you park to the stadium, the more traffic you wait in afterwards.

4) I'm not sure if the Walnut Street garage is free on game day. If so, it's better than State Street, but it and the Locust Street garage are pay I think. Regardless, they're good options for Friday night.


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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15655 on: July 01, 2015, 09:52:54 am »

Since we are on the subject, what will be the best way to get tickets? Will the university offer them through their website at some point, or would I be better off going through StubHub?
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15656 on: July 01, 2015, 10:21:47 am »

Just my two cents: All hotels in downtown Knoxville are currently $300+ per night with most closer to $400+. From what I've been able to find, some hotels in the Turkey Creek area have a shuttle to and from the stadium. Most of the hotels that are 15(ish) miles from the stadium are around $150/night. A couple of my friends that are Tennessee fans say that they usually park in someone's yard.

http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennessee-vols-football/76322-best-place-stay.html
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15657 on: July 01, 2015, 10:50:48 am »

So we have reservations at the Marriott downtown. Should I be looking for a different hotel or location? Is it just farther from the restaurants/bars etc? Just curious about your avoid the Marriott comment in the above post.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15658 on: July 01, 2015, 11:03:19 am »

Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg is nice, and it 35 minutes or so east of Knoxville.  This area is comparable to Branson.  It's all about you really and what you want to do.  If you want to throw down, I would stay in Knoxville.  Unfortunately, I've never spent the night in Knoxville, so I can't recommend a hotel. 

Warning: Pay attention to what he wrote. If you like Branson, well, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is an even more tourist-trappy (and more expensive) version of Branson. If you think Branson is overcrowded and tasteless, you want nothing to do with Gatlinburg.

I would stay in Oak Ridge + on Sunday visit the American Museum of Science and Energy. Oak Ridge is a short drive from Knoxville. It is west of the city, on the way home from UTK.

Part of the Manhattan Project was in Oak Ridge, and the museum is focused on that. Cool stuff.

Oak Ridge is still an active Department of Energy research site, and you can find decent hotels in town because of the regular travels of related personnel.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15659 on: July 01, 2015, 11:05:18 am »

Here's my take on the Marriott, which is fine, but I never stay there.

1) If you can get in the Hilton, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Four Points, Oliver (the best, but kinda loud), or even Hampton (downtown one only, and a solid location) for the same price, do it. You'll never need a car or Uber from one of them. Walk to all restaurants and the game.

2) The Marriott is isolated. You can walk to Ruth's Chris, Calhoun's, and the game, but that's it. It's not bad, and you can walk to the areas of downtown stuff is happening, but you have to stroll through 3/4 mile of nothing to get there.

It's not bad, just not in the middle of everything like other options. If you're using points, by all means keep it.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15660 on: July 01, 2015, 11:08:50 am »

Has anybody been to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino yet? It is a mile from the North Carolina entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, right on the Tennessee border. You can take 441 from Gatlinburg right to the casino, through the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15661 on: July 01, 2015, 11:58:38 am »

Has anybody been to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino yet? It is a mile from the North Carolina entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, right on the Tennessee border. You can take 441 from Gatlinburg right to the casino, through the Great Smoky Mountains.

Been to Cherokee, seen the casino but did not go. I heard you had to buy your own beer there so I decided not to make a stop.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15662 on: July 01, 2015, 01:43:20 pm »

I'm not a gambler or drinker, but I am a hiking nut, so I go through Cherokee regularly.

1) The drive drom G'burg is incredible, and really slow. It's the Pig Trail x3. Detouring through Tunica would be quicker.

2) Cherokee is kind of a dump.

3) "Unto These Hills" is a great outdoor play, but also shown in Tahlequah I think.

4) If you want something regional, visit Cades Cove in the Smokies. If you stay in Alcoa/Maryville, it's just 45 minutes away.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15663 on: July 01, 2015, 03:32:29 pm »

1) OneTusk makes a key point about the stadium. It is old, and old things lack amenities. Well, renovations near the high donors (I am not one) are nice, but for some reason the visitor and student areas are slated to be updated last. Neyland will take you back to 1930.

2) Maryville/ Alcoa may be a cheaper Friday night option than west Knoxville , that's just as convenient to downtown. Check Oak Ridge too. It's not quite as close, but not bad. Uber fare Friday night from downtown to Maryville/ Alcoa would be reasonable. Oak Ridge would cost at least 2x.

Did I mention now would be a good time to book? No surprise, but Knoxville isn't a big city, and has limited hotels.

I found Neyland stadium to be a bit bipolar but had interesting character when I was there for the checker out/Florida game last year. The front facade looked nice from the outside but our seats were on the other side. Walking in the "old" section you can see the new and old facades so for me as an outsider, I thought it had character but also seemed like the new facade was basically there to hide the old facade. Very dark concourse and in a lot of spots very, narrow concourse which really jams up concession lines.  Damn good smokey dogs though! Inside the stadium was cool and big. It had an NFL feel inside.  Lots of sections and the rows were narrow but comparable to most stadiums I've been in. Pretty good atmosphere but if you're not a UT fan, "3rd Down For What' will make you want to jam an ice pick into your ear drum by the 3rd time you hear it which will be every 3rd down UT's D is in, lol.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15664 on: July 02, 2015, 10:58:52 am »

Wife usually stays in Marriott owned hotels when she travels for reward points for us to use for vacations, UA road games, etc. Looked today and the closest rooms I could find ($$ or points) were in Gatlinburg. Not my first choice, but rooms seem to be going fast.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15665 on: July 02, 2015, 12:21:06 pm »

If you're getting stuck for a $150/night room at a hotel, VRBO may have some options for the same price or possibly less. Here's stuff in Townsend, about 45 minutes from downtown/stadium.

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/tennessee/east/townsend/@35.70090053550863,-83.73580617706716,35.6356338082419,-83.80241079132497,13z
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15666 on: July 02, 2015, 12:45:32 pm »

Gosh, I checked Hotels.com and found dozens of hotels offering rooms under $100/night for the night of Oct. 3.
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Re: Road Trips: 3 Hots and a Cot
« Reply #15667 on: July 02, 2015, 07:31:15 pm »

Druid City Brewing@druidcitybrew

The Mad Hatter graces the first chalkboard dedicated to our SEC rivals. Drink it in. Awesome work by @RAWSKILLZ24

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I love you Arkansas..!
« Reply #15668 on: July 03, 2015, 08:03:37 am »

 Though it's been nearly twenty years since I had an Arkansas drivers license, I still consider the place of my birth home. Growing up in the one time jewel of the delta now dilapidated and uninspired I even still love Pine Bluff. When people see my Razorback tattoo or my emblems on my car they always ask me why I'm a Razorback fan. I tell them I was born a Hog and will die a Hog. Arkansas makes me proud. The whole damn state makes me proud. The school makes me proud. The people make me proud. We have a reputation as a simple class who is more comfortable in a duck blind or deer stand than we are an office. I don't care about that. NWA cares, but hey man keep bringing that money in while we slowly take over the world... No matter where I live my heart will always be in Arkansas

 This is where I damn near got malaria and saw my first gator when frog hunting..


 This is where I lost my virginity...


 This is where I saw my first Razorback football game


 This is where I last lived and wish I had never left...



 Yes... I love YOU Arkansas and hope to make myself home there once again...
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Re: I love you Arkansas..!
« Reply #15669 on: July 03, 2015, 08:09:47 am »

Bravo man!  Cheers to you!  WPS...for life!
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Re: I love you Arkansas..!
« Reply #15670 on: July 03, 2015, 08:11:58 am »

Were you a fellow Maumellian?
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« Reply #15671 on: July 03, 2015, 08:15:36 am »

Were you a fellow Maumellian?

 Yes.. Moved there in 97 and moved away in 01... Missed out on the school and such. My son would have loved to graduate from there...
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« Reply #15672 on: July 03, 2015, 08:26:03 am »

Amen.  Arkansas is the best kept secret in the country.  Yesterday I checked Buffalo Outdoor Center and Kings River Outfitters websites just for the photos.  The people in Arkansas are different, too.  Maybe it's because there's not many of us and we don't have much.  But what we have we're proud of and share better than most. 
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« Reply #15673 on: July 03, 2015, 08:27:18 am »

+1 good post.
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Re: Knoxville question
« Reply #15674 on: July 03, 2015, 08:38:31 am »

Hey Murf,  what about tailgating spots, if it is a 2:30 or later game we plan to bring
our tailgating gear.  Any suggestions on where visitors might be able to find a couple
of spots for pop-up tents?

My last trip there was '02, had a great time other than losing that 6 overtime game.
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Re: I love you Arkansas..!
« Reply #15675 on: July 03, 2015, 08:38:41 am »

yeah I,m with you.i left home (hatfield) in 78 moved back in 08.everytime I came home for a visit during those years I got a I,m home feeling everytime I hit the state line.
my wife use to say you can take the man out of Arkansas but you can,t take Arkansas out of the man.truer words were never spoken.
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« Reply #15676 on: July 03, 2015, 08:48:39 am »

Though it's been nearly twenty years since I had an Arkansas drivers license, I still consider the place of my birth home. Growing up in the one time jewel of the delta now dilapidated and uninspired I even still love Pine Bluff. When people see my Razorback tattoo or my emblems on my car they always ask me why I'm a Razorback fan. I tell them I was born a Hog and will die a Hog. Arkansas makes me proud. The whole damn state makes me proud. The school makes me proud. The people make me proud. We have a reputation as a simple class who is more comfortable in a duck blind or deer stand than we are an office. I don't care about that. NWA cares, but hey man keep bringing that money in while we slowly take over the world... No matter where I live my heart will always be in Arkansas

 This is where I damn near got malaria and saw my first gator when frog hunting..


 This is where I lost my virginity...


 This is where I saw my first Razorback football game


 This is where I last lived and wish I had never left...



 Yes... I love YOU Arkansas and hope to make myself home there once again...

I hear you bro. I was brought up in Pine Bluff also but when the paper mills came it ruined it for me. If I want to smell sulphur all the time I would rather visit The Great  Geyser Basin in Yellow Stone Park unless I visit Pine Bluff just to visit my best childhood friend from Elementary School there. I now live close to Alma where I can referee disputes at the Alma Sonic from time to time (just joking) but I do live about 30 min from Fayetteville and about 20 minutes from Fort Smith. Traffic is light here and if I do want to get into the flow I can go either way to shop. Life is laid back and good here and some of the best trout fishing in the world is just a hour or two up the road north of here. There are a lot of interesting places a way from here and I like visiting them from time to time but I choose to live here because I love it. This is home and I am very close to the games and tailgating.
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Re: I love you Arkansas..!
« Reply #15677 on: July 03, 2015, 08:59:43 am »

Born in El Dorado, as my dad worked for LION oil.  Moved away, from El Dorado, early in life, but have always lived in my beloved home state.  My kids, occasionally, ask me where I'll retire; my answer is always the same:  I'll die where I was born.  I loved this wonderful small state, with it wonderfully diverse geography, and its colorful inhabitants.  As for the HOGS; saw my 1st game in Little Rock, in 1962.  Have seen, at least, 1 game per year ever since.  I wear my hog stuff proudly wherever I go, and dare anyone to slight it. 
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« Reply #15678 on: July 03, 2015, 09:01:33 am »

yeah I,m with you.i left home (hatfield) in 78 moved back in 08.everytime I came home for a visit during those years I got a I,m home feeling everytime I hit the state line.
my wife use to say you can take the man out of Arkansas but you can,t take Arkansas out of the man.truer words were never spoken.
You must be a neighbor of my youngest brother. If Arkansas is a secret then the Mena area is a super secret. Paul Harvey even alluded to that in some of his commentary. When I was 12 I moved to Mena from Pine Bluff and spent the next few years roaming all over Rich Mountain. Mena is wonderful, and a great place to raise children.
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« Reply #15679 on: July 03, 2015, 09:06:19 am »

You must be a neighbor of my youngest brother. If Arkansas is a secret then the Mena area is a super secret. Paul Harvey even alluded to that in some of his commentary. When I was 12 I moved to Mena from Pine Bluff and spent the next few years roaming all over Rich Mountain. Mena is wonderful, and a great place to raise children.

I love Rich Mountain.  Great place to beat the heat.  And the Cossatot and Little Missouri Rivers.
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« Reply #15680 on: July 03, 2015, 09:23:39 am »

I was born in Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel area, many long years ago. Lots of my family still live down there. Mom is out near White Hall, big brother is around Sulpher Springs and big sis lives on the harbor. My younger sister lives in town with only little bro living abroad(Alabama). Might just as well be Russia!

I'm probably going to drive down to see Mom in the morning, just a couple of hours south of my home, Lake City. I too remember when PB was a thriving city with a proud heritage. To my uncle that paper mill smell was the smell of money, security and a way to raise a family. He retired from IP many years ago.

I'll die in Arkansas without fame or fortune, but still consider myself a lucky man. I have a wonderful family that all call this state home, what more can a man ask for???
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« Reply #15681 on: July 03, 2015, 09:32:26 am »

I love Rich Mountain.  Great place to beat the heat.  And the Cossatot and Little Missouri Rivers.
Great small mouth fishing and don't forget Mountain Fork River. After fishing the small rivers and streams of my boyhood I never could get into fishing the big impoundment lakes of Arkansas. I reckon that is why in my later years I stick to trout fishing on the White and Red Rivers though from time to time I do a little small mouth fishing on the Spring River.
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« Reply #15682 on: July 03, 2015, 09:35:29 am »

I love Rich Mountain.  Great place to beat the heat.  And the Cossatot and Little Missouri Rivers.

My dad grew up in the Red Hill community north of Chidester. It is very close to the Little Missouri River.
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« Reply #15683 on: July 03, 2015, 09:40:29 am »

PBHS CLASS OF '73
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« Reply #15684 on: July 03, 2015, 09:41:42 am »

I'm not a gambler or drinker, but I am a hiking nut, so I go through Cherokee regularly.

1) The drive drom G'burg is incredible, and really slow. It's the Pig Trail x3. Detouring through Tunica would be quicker.

2) Cherokee is kind of a dump.

3) "Unto These Hills" is a great outdoor play, but also shown in Tahlequah I think.

4) If you want something regional, visit Cades Cove in the Smokies. If you stay in Alcoa/Maryville, it's just 45 minutes away.

This, but if you like mountains, get a cabin at Townsend, the "quiet side of The Smokies".

If mountains aren't your thing, drive to Nashville Thursday night and head to Knoxville on Saturday.  If you can swing a couple of nights at The Omni it's a world class hotel attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame and right in the middle of the nightlife and live music scene.  Lower Broad on Friday night is an awesome thing no matter who you are.  The Rennaissance and Sheraton hotels are nice and within walking distance of the action downtown, and Hotel Indigo is a funky boutique. There's the Opryland Hotel, also, if themepark-like hotels appeal to you. 

Knoxville isn't my favorite town, although there are some decent college-town type restaurants near campus, and the energy level will be high for football.  But it will be Vols energy, which makes me a tad bit ill.  Fortunately I live in Nashville and can just drive out and back.  The bad news is I'm eight hours from Fayetteville.

Hope you have a great trip. 
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« Reply #15685 on: July 03, 2015, 09:50:03 am »

Great small mouth fishing and don't forget Mountain Fork River. After fishing the small rivers and streams of my boyhood I never could get into fishing the big impoundment lakes of Arkansas. I reckon that is why in my later years I stick to trout fishing on the White and Red Rivers though from time to time I do a little small mouth fishing on the Spring River.

If you haven't fished The Kings float the catch and release section above highway 62.  You won't believe it.  Good shot at a 4 lb. or better fish with Buffalo River water quality.  Good numbers, too.  Last time I was there 4 of us caught over 100 smallies in a day.  A few were over 20 inches.
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« Reply #15686 on: July 03, 2015, 09:55:29 am »

  My Algebra teacher at Mena was Bob Carver who was the long time spotter for the various Voice of the Razorbacks in football. One Monday Bob was in a very bad mood and he sprang a pop test on us just because he was mad at a certain Referee who had called a bad (by several feet) field goal good for Ole Miss that weekend. We were all unprepared and did badly. I think he later erased the bad grades but he always wore his Razorbacks on his sleeves. A few years later he started his spotter career for Arkansas.
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« Reply #15687 on: July 03, 2015, 10:03:30 am »

Though it's been nearly twenty years since I had an Arkansas drivers license, I still consider the place of my birth home. Growing up in the one time jewel of the delta now dilapidated and uninspired I even still love Pine Bluff. When people see my Razorback tattoo or my emblems on my car they always ask me why I'm a Razorback fan. I tell them I was born a Hog and will die a Hog. Arkansas makes me proud. The whole damn state makes me proud. The school makes me proud. The people make me proud. We have a reputation as a simple class who is more comfortable in a duck blind or deer stand than we are an office. I don't care about that. NWA cares, but hey man keep bringing that money in while we slowly take over the world... No matter where I live my heart will always be in Arkansas

 This is where I damn near got malaria and saw my first gator when frog hunting..


 This is where I lost my virginity...


 This is where I saw my first Razorback football game


 This is where I last lived and wish I had never left...



 Yes... I love YOU Arkansas and hope to make myself home there once again...
Well we hopefully all remember the song "Arkansas, you run deep in me"...from several years back. To me that's always been the perfect song to express   the feelings and love for a state that never leaves you...no matter how far and where you may journey from the Natural State's roots. Fortunately after several years out of state (and the country) I decided to come back home where my heart has always been. To me it's always been "God's country" and that will never change, even to my last breath!! :) :D ;D :P
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« Reply #15688 on: July 03, 2015, 10:03:37 am »

If you haven't fished The Kings float the catch and release section above highway 62.  You won't believe it.  Good shot at a 4 lb. or better fish with Buffalo River water quality.  Good numbers, too.  Last time I was there 4 of us caught over 100 smallies in a day.  A few were over 20 inches.
That sounds like Crooked Creek many moons ago before the gravel miners ruined it. Incredible fishing, Jerry McKinnis raved about it in his write ups in the paper 40, 50 years ago. On my honeymoon I rented a cabin on Greer's Ferry but my wife and I did squeeze in some fishing on Crooked Creek also.
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« Reply #15689 on: July 03, 2015, 10:11:04 am »

We are Arkansas and we are Razorback.

Great post +1
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« Reply #15690 on: July 03, 2015, 10:30:15 am »

Great small mouth fishing and don't forget Mountain Fork River. After fishing the small rivers and streams of my boyhood I never could get into fishing the big impoundment lakes of Arkansas. I reckon that is why in my later years I stick to trout fishing on the White and Red Rivers though from time to time I do a little small mouth fishing on the Spring River.
I did a lot of swimming in the mountain fork river as a kid.a much simpler time back then.
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« Reply #15691 on: July 03, 2015, 10:30:20 am »

Well we hopefully all remember the song "Arkansas, you run deep in me"...from several years back. To me that's always been the perfect song to express   the feelings and love for a state that never leaves you...no matter how far and where you may journey from the Natural State's roots. Fortunately after several years out of state (and the country) I decided to come back home where my heart has always been. To me it's always been "God's country" and that will never change, even to my last breath!! :) :D ;D :P

 
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« Reply #15692 on: July 03, 2015, 10:32:13 am »

My family history is in the PB area, specifically Randall community and I always thought that the drive down main street was a big town to me. I always thought it was pretty to see the gold dome on one end and the sunbeam girl swinging on the other. Sorta takes you back to heartland America with all the department stores that used to be there.

I haven't been to downtown in 25 years but can someone tell me if the sunbeam girl is still swinging? She has to be listed as a historical landmark by now.
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« Reply #15696 on: July 03, 2015, 10:44:26 am »

We have a lot of talent in Arkansas to be proud of for sure...
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« Reply #15698 on: July 03, 2015, 10:56:47 am »

I too am a maumellian and proud of it. Where ya'll living at now, if you don't mind me asking.
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« Reply #15699 on: July 03, 2015, 11:31:26 am »

LAHawg, it ain't the same place. Wish I could say it was. I had forgotten about the Sunbeam girl. What about the lunch counter at Woolworth's?
I can still remember when the first McDonald's came in. Man what a treat!

My sister worked for the PBPD and always got me tickets to the King Cotton Classic. I watched some pretty darned good HS basketball at the PB Convention Center. I once talked to Marvin Delph at that tournament, asked him why he never played in the NBA. He said he had his chance but that he felt like God was leading him to do something else. How can you not love and respect a man like that?

Will always be HOME!
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