Throwback Thursday
Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

This newspaper clipping, provided by Cave Springs resident Marlene Sands, shows a rare occasion in 1936 when Lake Keith (now known as Partners Lake at the Watershed Sanctuary) froze over.  Kids in town had a grand winter going ice skating on the lake with their friends. Season’s greetings to all of our readers on Upstream Matters!  The IRWP...
Throwback Thursday: A Centennial Celebration

Throwback Thursday: A Centennial Celebration

WATER…this invaluable natural resource 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...
Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

This issue of the Cave Springs Scene was published on Thursday, August 3, 1972, and the front page features a photo of the lake and dam in Cave Springs that dates back to 1914, right after the completion of Bartlett Dam (which can currently be seen in the lakebed at the Watershed Sanctuary).  Could this dam have...
Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Did you know that Cave Springs used to have its own newspaper, the Cave Springs Scene? Cheria Simpson of Cave Springs has so graciously loaned her collection of The Scene to us, and we are uncovering all sorts of intriguing photos and history of the Watershed Sanctuary as it used to be. In this issue,...
Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

This photo was taken in August 2013 during “Bats and Blues” at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary.  This free, public event featured live blues music, refreshments, and a spectacular evening viewing of endangered gray bats flying out of Cave Springs Cave. There is a population of approximately 4,700 endangered gray bats living in Cave Springs Cave...
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...
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.
Throwback Thursday:  Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: Riparian Project

This is 2nd annual Riparian Project along Fayetteville Scull Creek Trail in 2009.   Students from University of Arkansas came prepared for the rain and cooler weather and learned quickly how to use dibble bars.   Over the 7 years, over 1,800 volunteers have participated in planting over 22,000 tree seedlings in the Illinois River Watershed along creeks...