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Taylor, Arkansas

Posted by graywacke on February 8, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-time-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I landed in a large contiguous undersubscribed (US) area in the S-Cen U.S. that includes NM, TX, AR, LA & MO; more specifically . . . AR; 27/34; 5/10; 1; 155.3. 

 I landed just north of the LA border (about 6 mi north), and not far from the Texarkana triple point:

 taylor landing 1

My closer-in map shows that I landed just north of the town of Taylor:

 taylor landing 2

Perusing Google Earth (GE), I landed in what looks like a tree farm of some sort:

 taylor GE1

Zooming out a little, here’s a shot that includes the town.

 taylor GE2

Zooming out on StreetAtlas, you can see that I landed close to Lake Erling:

 taylor landing 3

I landed in the Little Crooked Ck watershed, on to the Crooked Ck (my 9th landing in a “Crooked Creek” watershed); on to Bayou Dorcheat (3rd hit); on to Loggy Bayou (also 3rd hit); on to the Red R (50th hit); on to the Atchafalaya (57th hit).  By the way, the unusual name “Dorcheat” is a Caddo Indian word, meaning “people.”

I checked out the Caddo Indians on Wiki; the usual tragic story of encounters with white people and then decimation by disease.  But Wiki had this 1906 picture of a young Caddo women named Kaw-u-tz, which is so striking, I thought I’d put it here (photo from Southern Methodist University Library):

451px-Kaw-u-tz_(Cado),_1906

 Moving right along . . . my recent Dubois WY post featured the Yellowstone R receiving its 50th hit.  The Yellowstone is joined today in that prestigious category by the Red.  As I’m sure you’re wondering, the Red & and the Yellowstone are now tied for 13th on my list of watershed hits.  Whether or not you care, here’s the list:

 

 

Watershed

Hits

1

Mississippi

783

2

Missouri

368

3

Colorado

158

4

Columbia

138

5

Ohio

123

6

Arkansas

109

7

St Lawr

89

8

Snake

71

9

Nelson

59

10

Kansas

57

10

Atchafalaya

57

10

Platte

57

13

Yellowstone

50

13

Red (S)

50

 Besides the dramatic struggle for 13th place, how about the three-way tie for 10th (with the Atachafalaya happily joining that club via today’s landing)?

 Note:  The only river that may be unfamiliar to some readers is the Nelson.  That’s because it’s a Canadian River, just north of MN / ND.  The reason it has so many hits is that the Red River of the North (currently ranked 14th with 42 hits) flows into it.  Obviously, the (S) after Red in the list above is to differentiate the southward-flowing Red River of the South from the northward-flowing Red River of the North.

 So, I landed just outside of Taylor.  Well, here’s the story:  I have over 400 posts, and have landed near innumerable small towns, with populations of less than 1,000, like Taylor (pop 566).  And when I do an internet search, it seems as though I can find something, at least some little tidbit, to focus on for my post.

 Well, Taylor has nothing.  Searching deep within Google, I find nothing but trivial sites that provide no real information.  Google images have nothing beyond standard data-base site maps.  Google Earth shows no Panoramio photos anywhere close.  I am stymied.

 On a whim, I even emailed a Taylor High School teacher to see if I could scare up a lead or two.  Nothing.

 South of the state line in Louisiana (and not far away from my landing) is the City of Springhill (pop 5,300).  I’m sure I could find something of interest about Springhill, but it just doesn’t seem right to dip into a town across the state line.

 OK, so I found a little history on Lake Erling.  The dam and lake were built by International Paper Co. as a water supply for its mill located in Springhill.  It was named after an International Paper Vice President.  The lake’s big – about 8.5 miles long, and about a half mile wide.  Well, the mill is gone (closed in 1979), and the company’s land holdings around the lake have been sold or leased. 

 Negotiations are underway for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to take over the lake, which would make Lake Erling the largest state-owned lake in Arkansas, and possibly the entire country.   Now there’s something for Taylor to hang its hat on:  “home of the largest state-owned lake in the country” . . .

 Evidently, there’s not much development around the lake, and the fishing is awesome.  From an article in TheCabin.com:

 So plentiful are the catfish in Erling that a special Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regulation allows a triple limit — 10 channel catfish and 10 blue catfish in addition to the regular daily limit of 10 catfish of any variety.

Here’s a lake front cottage for sale for $145,000:

 taylor - for sale

Man.  Put that in NJ and try to buy it for $145,000 . . .

 I’ll close with this shot of sunset on Lake Erling (Billy Hathorn on Wiki):

 taylor - lake erlind - billy hathorn on wiki

That’ll do it.

 KS

Greg

 

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