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Renee Santz in Arkansas

September 12, 2015

Renee: Hi there! I have some sights to show you here in Arkansas.

Next time you breeze through North Little Rock, check out the Old Mill, which is filmed during the opening scenes of Gone With the Wind. That movie just blows me away!

The Old Mill was built in 1933, and not by a carpenter, but by an artist. It looks authentically complete and weather-beating. It actually has no doorways or windows underneath the facade. Think there’s a window behind that shatter? Think again.

The Old Mill is a good symbol of early rural Arkansas, where cotton was the main crop, and sawmilling, the first industry. I guess back in those days when life was a bit slower than today, people were always “milling” about!

The artist who created the Old Mill, also designed the footbridges, like this one. His name was Senor Dionicio Rodriguez, and he specialized in creating imitation rocks, ruins, and ancient buildings. Wow. Not every artist is good enough to create brand new things, that already look antique!

Over yonder in the Ozark Mountains, the limestone hills echo with the sound of down home music, during the Arkansas Folk Festival, where it sure takes pluck to fill with the banjo.

See you later.

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