Saturday, February 21, 2015

Finding Bigfoot in Unexpected Places



Since I have been posting articles to my blog, there always seems to be a few stories that have been continually read. Of the many topics I choose to write about, the articles on the Ozark Sasquatch have grown in popularity. I briefly covered the subject in 2011 and thought it was concluded. Since that time, it has been read an average of 166 times a month. 
 

Over the past few months I have gone back and done a little more research on old Solomon Collins or “Ol’ Blue Sol.” It was his first initial sighting just north of the Rockbridge, Missouri, that we have the beginning of this Ozark story.
 Because of this story, I have met some amazing people in doing the background of the Blue Man of the Ozarks. Of those people, I have had the pleasure of meeting one of the most knowledgeable people in the world of Bigfoot. His name is Clifford LaBrecque, and it was an uncanny moment on how I met him. To the point….I do not believe in coincidence.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and visit with him. The man is a wealth of knowledge.

I will be sharing more about my journey & the Blue Man in the future. Needless to say, it’s amazing to see the connections that are orchestrated, even when it’s not expected. This whole process has encouraged me to keep researching & digging. I will leave you for the moment with a few pictures of a life-sized replica of Bigfoot & myself.

Enjoy your Ozarks’ History.
 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas


I recently had the opportunity to visit the Pea Ridge National Military Park which is about 12 miles east of Bentonville, Arkansas. It is an historic Civil War site in the Ozarks' History that decided the fate of Missouri's future of being in the Union or the Confederacy.
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On March 6th – 8th, 1862, strategy against each force was played out like a game of chess. Only the consequences were paid heavily in blood shed on both sides. The Union won the battle with casualties that are estimated to be about 1,384; and the Confederacy garnered losses of at least 2,000 men & boys. 

Battle of Pea Ridge, Ark., by Kurz and Allison.
United States Library of Congress's Prints &Photographs Division
Under the digital ID cph.3b52835.

 The sad & tragic lessons & consequences of this battle are many, but  its rustic beauty is something that should not be missed. I am not going to give a whole history lesson here; but needless to say, it is worth the time to go. Here are a few pictures from this past weekend.


One of the main reasons I wanted to visit the battleground was to see the monument dedicated to commemorate the reunification of the Union & Confederate soldiers of that battle. This monument was carved by a woman who at one time lived in Baxter County, Arkansas, named Lucy Daniel. The reason I know this is due to an author who lives here in the Ozarks named Abby Burnett. She has done a lot of research on monuments & burial customs, and she also has a new book out from the University Press of Mississippi entitled, Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950. For those in historical societies looking for a great guest speaker, I would suggest contacting Abby at abby@madisoncounty.net.
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Reunited Soldiery Monument

Angel Aloft

Goddess of Liberty by Lucy Daniel, 1889.


Enjoy Your Ozarks' History.