As we drove over the Missouri River early on Thursday morning, the fog had lifted and we were able to see all of Memphis' skyline and the various tugboats on the river. We had a long drive ahead of us to reach the Ozarks and Centerton, the birthplace of Jey-hu's father.
The drive up and over the Boston Mountains and into the Fayetteville area was quite lovely. As we passed the University of Arkansas, I thought about a number of Multiple Myeloma bloggers I have followed who have had their treatments here. This medical center's focus is largely due to Sam Walton, another MM'er, who started his business in Bentonville, just 5 or 10 minutes north of Fayetteville.
This part of Arkansas is referred to as the Ozark region and encompasses the upper northwest corner of the state and most of the upper two-thirds eastward from the western-most boundary. It is also a state which appears to be growing and as the roads are improved, it will probably change quite a bit from its current rural atmosphere into a more cosmopolitan state.
So, it was not too surprising to find the little town of Centerton very much as it once was, at least on the old main street. Jey-hu took a number of pictures of the buildings, one of which can be seen below:
If you look closely you can see the signs of the early construction typical of the late 1800's, when the town was settled.
We will post more pictures tomorrow when we have better internet access and have a little more time. Heading west to Kansas and - deja vue - Colorado!