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Lord of Leisure writes:
This shot of Twin Falls (which, as one can plainly see, would be more accurately named Triple Falls) was taken in a light rain during our 3 day trip to Buffalo River country. These falls are within a couple of miles of our cabin near Mount Sherman, Arkansas, halfway between Jasper and Ponca.
Twin Falls is a 70′ high double waterfall located on Richland Creek 0.25 miles upstream from its confluence with Devil’s Fork Creek in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. Arkansas.com (next to last paragraph) offers a thorough set of directions to Twin Falls, ending with this admonition:
These are some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the state but also some of the most difficult to reach. It is considered a difficult trek to reach them.
Richland Creek Wilderness includes this description of the area surrounding Twin Falls.
Limestone is exposed in the bluffs at lower elevations along Richland Creek where many outcrops contain fossils. The Ozark Mountains are actually plateaus, uplifted as a unit with few folds or faults. The ruggedness of these mountains is due to erosion of the plateaus by swift rivers flowing between them.
The narrowed V-shaped valleys are bordered by a combination of steep-sided slopes and vertical sandstone and limestone bluffs over 100 feet high. Ridge tops are primarily a deeply dissected sand stone with shale plateaus being narrow and rolling. Elevations range from 1,000 to 2,200 feet above sea level.
Topography within 1/4 mile on either side of Richland and Long Devil’s Fork Creeks is quite rugged and scenic. Rock bluffs over 100 feet high and extending over a mile along each side of Richland Creek graphically reveal the earth’s development. This Wilderness Area is known for its crystal clear creeks and waterfalls.
This video from Arkansas Educational Television Network automatically opens at the point pertinent to Twin Falls.
Twin Falls at the Richland Creek Wilderness Area – Exploring Arkansas
Bonus: Parthenon General Store
Lord of Leisure writes:
The last photo features the very cool Parthenon General Store, which is also the only business in Parthenon, Arkansas. We always shop here for our bait and video needs.2
This spring when I visited my beloved Newton County (AR), I drove the six miles from Jasper, the county seat, to the hamlet of Parthenon. This place name always elicits chuckles from non-Arkansans (and some Arkansans, too), especially when they learn that such a high-falutin’ name is matched to a wide-spot-in-the-road with less than a hundred residents. Actually, that population figure is a guess since the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t have a Parthenon listing, and all Wikipedia has to say is that the Little Buffalo River bridge there is on the state’ s list of historic places. Meanwhile, ZIPskinny.com tells me that Parthenon’s population is 83.
Parthenon, or a place near it … , is widely believed to be the inspiration for Donald Harrington’s series of novels set in Stay More, Arkansas. That’s its claim to fame — that and the fact it was home to the Parthenon Academy, the only high school in Newton County until oh, well . . . I cannot say for sure as I write this because of the lack of resources online about Parthenon. (I thought you could find anything on the internet, but about all that’s coming up in my search of “Parthenon, Arkansas” is offers to find me a personal injury attorney or car dealer there, when I know it has neither) I’d have to rummage through old issues of the Newton County Times looking for “Times Past” photos, or looking through my mom’ s collection of Arkansas memorabilia. In any event, I know it wasn’t too long ago — I’d guess the 1920s or 1930s based on what students were wearing in the photos I recall, as well as the fact I knew as elderly folks some of those pictured when I was growing up in Jasper.
… here’s what struck me on this spring 2008 visit.
The old Parthenon General Store is still there. It’s pictured in the top photo, little changed no doubt, for decades. Love that Little Buffalo River stone. I was excited to see the store there because I know many of the county’s communities of similar size, like Mt. Sherman, have lost their stores.
Parthenon has a post office, and I noted that the hours shown on the government-issued opening hours sign had been altered to show earlier opening and closing times. People get up early, I guess, in Parthenon. In any event, the post office building looks like standard, government issue, small post office, pre-fab …
… there were at least two churches in “downtown” Parthenon. One was a Baptist church (pictured above left), which looked very tidy and well kept. I couldn’t imagine how the population supported both churches, yet an internet search revealed another, the Church in the Valley, off the Murray Road, not far from town. …
- Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. All Lord of Leisure photos can be found at Photos – Lord of Leisure. Click on images to enlarge [↩]
- DrHGuy: The Parthenon General Store is a near twin to the store nearest my mother’s home in Golden, Missouri, 10 miles north of Arkansas on Table Rock Lake [↩]