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Throwback Thursday: A Spring-Fed Lake

Throwback Thursday: A Spring-Fed Lake

Did you know that the lake in Cave Springs is entirely spring-fed? In this photograph, taken in the early 1940’s, you can see that the lake used to back all the way up to the mouth of the cave and limestone bluff line. As you can also see, there were floating platforms for sunbathers and...
Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View

Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View

Though it seems a familiar sight for residents of Cave Springs, several aspects of this property have changed since 1986 when this photo was taken. The building that used to house Lakeview Baptist Church is now the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Learning Center, and the lake is no longer called Lake Keith (new name to...
A Watershed Journey: Little Osage Creek

A Watershed Journey: Little Osage Creek

When it comes to watershed division, Bentonville is quite a curious town. Why? In fact, there are four different watersheds within a 15-mile radius of downtown Bentonville. Northern Bentonville is in the Elk River Watershed; to the west is the Lower Neosho Watershed; to the east is the Beaver Lake Watershed; and the southern half...
Throwback Thursday: Atop Bartlett Dam

Throwback Thursday: Atop Bartlett Dam

These photos of Pat Simpson (right) and her mother, Lucille Stroud (left), were taken in the same place, approximately 20 years apart. The one of Pat was taken in the early 1940’s and the one of her mother was taken in the 1920’s. Both women are standing on top of Bartlett Dam, which formed the...
Throwback Thursday: Summer Days at Loch Lono

Throwback Thursday: Summer Days at Loch Lono

This photo of Pat Simpson was taken in the 1940’s at Loch Lono in Cave Springs. The abundance of water in Cave Springs has always been a major draw to the small town, especially during the summertime when people were looking to escape the heat. At the time, Loch Lono was a swimming lake, and...
Throwback Thursday: Watershed Learning Center

Throwback Thursday: Watershed Learning Center

  In January 2014, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership purchased the former Lakeview Baptist Church building in Cave Springs in order to convert it into a Watershed Learning Center. In the past five months, this building has totally transformed, and over 1,600 visitors have stopped in to see the progress and participate in our on-site educational programs!...
Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Homecoming, 1972

Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Homecoming, 1972

The front of this 1972 program for the 2nd Annual Cave Springs Homecoming, provided by Cheria Simpson, depicts Pat Coberly Simpson and Etta Jo Stroud playing at the mouth of Cave Springs Cave. The inside of the program shows the agenda and the poem, “Cave Springs: My Hometown,” by Agnes G. Catchings.
A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

Right in the heart of Springdale, Arkansas, a small creek trickles over natural stone and underneath manmade bridges, cascading westward toward the setting sun. This is Spring Creek, a major tributary of the Illinois River, and, like many of the cities in our area, it is named for the abundance of underground springs that supply...
Throwback Thursday: Unsurpassed Beauty!

Throwback Thursday: Unsurpassed Beauty!

  This poster, provided by Monte Harris of the Rogers Historical Museum, demonstrates the long history of commerce, recreation, and prosperity surrounding the Illinois River and its watershed, particularly in Western Benton County.
Throwback Thursday: Photo Op by the Cave

Throwback Thursday: Photo Op by the Cave

  This photo, provided by Annette of Cave Springs, depicts her sister, Gwendolyn Killion, at the mouth of Cave Springs Cave in the late 1940’s.  Since the arrival of the first settlers in Cave Springs, people have been attracted to the shade, cool air, and clear water near the cave.  
Nature's Classroom: Outdoor Immersion and Lifelong Learning

Nature’s Classroom: Outdoor Immersion and Lifelong Learning

As our urban communities develop and expand, it is vital to preserve green space—for water quality, for wildlife, for commerce, and for the wellbeing of our friends, families, and neighbors.  Nature-based education can be instrumental in cultivating communities that value conservation and best management of our natural resources.  In honor of National Environmental Education Week,...
Creating History for Next Century

Creating History for Next Century

Water has played a significant role in the history of human settlement and civilization.  Naturally, the springs and creeks of the Illinois River Watershed in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma have been the lifeblood of our communities for generations.  With your help, we continue to celebrate the importance of water in our surroundings and to...