Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday, November 12

My shooting buddy Mary and I had a great day.  We met at my house for a quick breakfast and then got on the road to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where one of my  granddaughters was competing in the River Valley Feis, an Irish dance competition.  We cheered her on and then headed off to see other things.  Here's a bit of what I saw.


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Kudos to the town of Fort Smith for not rushing Christmas - 10:06 a.m.


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An ancient instrument maker playing a gourd banjo at the feis - 11:04 A.M.


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A section of a painting in the foyer of the Fort Smith
Convention Center caught my eye -  11:22 a.m.


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Little girls, big dreams - 11:41 a.m.


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A ghillie, or Irish Dance soft shoe, on my sweet granddaughter's foot - 11:43 a.m.


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I'm probably the only one old enough to remember - 3:18 p.m.


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On a fence at the Fourteen Flags Museum in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The Howdy Doody sign was there, too - 3:26 p.m.


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Signs of fall - 3:50 p.m.


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Love, love, love the spring and picnic area at Sequoyah's Cabin near Sallisaw, Oklahoma - 3:51 p.m.


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Sequoyah, who was illiterate, is known for creating a syllabary for the Cherokee language. 3:53 p.m.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoyah] 

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On the way to Sequoyah's Cabin, we passed a cemetery with gorgeous trees.  After visiting the cabin, we headed back to the Akins Cemetery, which Mary's husband told us was the burial place of a famous US outlaw - 4:39 p.m.


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Though hard to read, this is the gravestone for Charley Arthur Floyd, a/k/a Pretty Boy Floyd [1904-1934], an infamous bank robber and alleged killer in the early 1900's.  Some local visitors to the cemetery told us that this is the third headstone to be set, as souvenir hunters chip away at them until they're unrecognizable.  If you look carefully between the vase and the stone, you'll see a bullet that some fan has left on the grave site.  5:13 p.m.

Bonus:
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Our friendly cemetery visitors also told us a story about Pretty Boy Floyd's younger brother, E. W. Floyd [1908-1970], who wanted to go rob banks with his big brother.  Pretty Boy evidently told his little brother to stay home, which he did.  He later became sheriff of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, and served until his death in 1970.

That's it.  It was a great day, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  See you next month.