Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Odds and Ends from Arkansas

I still have some unposted pictures from my trip to the deep south, about half from Arkansas and the rest from Mississippi.  Thus, I'll group them into two posts, one for each state.

Near Parkin, Arkansas are the remains of a fortified Indian settlement known as Casqui, which are now preserved as a State Park.  While travelling around what is now the southern United States, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came upon this place and met its leader, who was also named Casqui.  At the time, Casqui and his people were in the middle of longstanding war against a somewhat larger group of Indians led by a chief named Pacaha.  Like Casqui, Pacaha lived in a fortified town, and also ruled over several smaller villages.  As he had done with Casqui, de Soto spent some time in Pacaha's main settlement.

Today, this sign marks the entrance to the park.

During his visit to Casqui, de Soto and his men raised a cross, possibly on this mound.  Behind it is the St. Francis River, which served as a transportation route for Casqui's people.  Part of the river was diverted into a ditch to create a moat around the Casqui settlement.

The Hampson Museum in Wilson, Arkansas is likewise a State Park.  Behind this sign are railroad tracks and a section of US highway 61 running parallel thereto, and which is named after football player and Arkansas native Cortez Kennedy.  The University of Arkansas has created a Virtual Hampson Museum.   In front of the museum is this sign.

It's a little tricky taking pictures of exhibits behind glass, but I think I did okay with these two shots.  This is a three-headed effigy pot.  Two heads are clearly visible, with the third behind the head on the left.  The other one I'll just call AFLACK!

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