We used to drive Interstate highways whenever possible. After all, they're the fastest way to one's destination, usually, barring an accident or other unusual condition. And we were always in a hurry to get wherever we were going.
But all that has changed now that we have Pearl, our motorhome. We're consciously trying to take time to smell the roses, explore the back roads, and see more of the country than we've seen in our past road trips.
Magnolia, Arkansas was one of the little gems we never would have gone through if we'd taken the interstate. We passed through this small town on our way to our Memorial Day camping spot. Seeing many large and colorful murals in the heart of the charming downtown, Barry pulled Pearl over into a grocery store parking lot. It was time to make our lunch anyway, so the timing was perfect.
From Wikipedia, I learned that Magnolia is the county seat of Columbia County, and its population is somewhere north of 11,000. It is well-known for its annual Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff. The festival has been featured on the Food Network and attracts 40,000-plus to the town.
The downtown is beloved for its murals, most of which depict the history of the area. It is always challenging to get good photos of murals because of their size and the vehicles that are inevitably parked in front of them, but Barry did his best!
Wikipedia said that one of the murals is signed by Charlton Heston. I suspect the mural below is the one he signed, as it illustrates movie scenes.
Too bad these prices are only historical!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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