Worth the Drive

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Pay dirt  – Dig in at Crater of Diamonds State Park

With Crater of Diamonds State Park’s search field open again, two visitors on an average day are rewarded with a thrill well worth all that digging in the dirt. These fortunate folks strike it lucky at “the only diamond-producing area in the world open to the public,” as the Crater…

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Chaffee Barbershop Museum in Fort Smith fit for a King

The question most often asked by visitors to Chaffee Barbershop Museum gets a disappointing answer. “They want to know whether we have a lock of Elvis Presley’s hair on display,” says Rod Williamson, curator of the place where the King of Rock ’n’ Roll got his first Army haircut on…

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Roar and explore at the Mid-America Science Museum

Visitors to the Mid-America Science Museum are greeted on their way to the entrance by a fearsome creature from the Jurassic era, more than 145 million years ago. It’s a lifelike, but not life-sized, model of a Tyrannosaurs Rex, the alpha predator among dinosaurs. The creature is scary enough to…

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Worth the drive – Hampson museum offers hands-on history experience

Archeological museums can be as dry as the dust of the lost civilizations they portray. That’s happily not the case at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, thanks to lively displays in its sleek new building that opened a year ago. Part of the captivating freshness comes from hands-on exhibits that…