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Batesville, Arkansas

Posted by graywacke on June 30, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day 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.

 Landing number 2030; A Landing A Day blog post number 448.

Dan –  Once again flirting with 150, thanks to this USer landing in . . . AR; 29/35; 5/10; 14; 150.2.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My closer-in landing map shows my proximity to one larger town (Batesville) and a plethora of smaller towns:

 landing 2

You can also see that I landed very close to the White River.  Here’s a streams-only landing map that shows that I also landed near Wolf Bayou:

 landing 3

A quick use of Google Earth’s elevation tool, and I figured out that I actually landed in the Wolf Bayou watershed, on to the White R (23rd hit); on to the MM (797th hit).  By the way, this landing marked my 12th watershed with the name “Wolf” in it (9 Wolf Creeks, one Wolf Run, one Wolf Pit Branch, and now, one Wolf Bayou).

 Speaking of Google Earth (GE), here’s where I landed:

 ge 1

And yes, there is StreetView coverage for the road at the base of the hill.  So, my landing is just on this side of the top of the hill straight ahead:

 ge sv 1 about 1000 ft w of landing

Back to Wolf Bayou.  To me, the term “Bayou” conjures up a lazy southern waterway, not much current, maybe an occasional ripple on the surface caused by a catfish going after a bug that landed in the water . . .

 Wrong – at least for Wolf Bayou.  Check out this shot of our own Wolf Bayou from AmericanWhiteWater.org:

 american whitewataer.org

Here’s an oblique GE shot that features the Wolf Bayou valley:

 ge 2

And I insist (absolutely insist!) that you check out this You Tube video about kayaking on the Bayou!  There’s beautiful scenery and some very cool action shots.  Click HERE.

 Moving on to Batesville.  From the City of Batesville website, here’s a back-in-the-day shot showing quite the bustling metropolis:

 city of batesville website

From ArkansasTies.com, here’s a painted wall Coke ad in Batesville:

 ArkansasTies.com  relieve fatigue

It was evidently painted over, but the older version is now showing through.  You can see the 5 cent price tag, but even more interesting, the phrase, “Relieves Fatigue.”  Hmmm.  Harkens back to the era when Coca Cola was the real thing.

 From Topix.com, here’s another back-in-the-day shot:

 topix.com 1959

When I first glanced at the picture, I figured it was from pretty far back (1930s?  1940s?).  But then I saw the back end of a ‘59 Chevy.  That threw me a little.  Had I lived in Batesville, nine-year-old Greg could have wandered by and ended up in the photo . . .

 Boy, seeing that Chevy brings back childhood memories of that golden era of American Cars (aka the fifties).  When I was a kid, each September was a time of great anticipation waiting for the new car models to come out.  The Big Three car companies played the hype for all it was worth – teasing us with hints of what the new models might look like or what features they might have.  I remember thinking that the thrill of the new cars took some of the sting out of having to go back to school . . .

 Anyway, from Wiki, here’s a shot of a classic ’59 Chevy:

 59_Bel_Air  wiki

I’ll close with this beauty (from HowStuffWorks.com):

 chevrolet-impala-1959-2 how stuff works

 That’ll do it.



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