This past weekend, our family took off for a little adventure on the western side of our great state. I finally got to show Brandon and our kids a place that is very near and dear to my heart, Carden Bottoms, AR. Very few structures still exist in the area with the exception of the old school.
A few years ago, Kurt and I went on a little drive. There was an old schoolhouse in Yell County that he wanted to find. So, being a proponent of all things dealing with education, I enthusiastically agreed to go.
Investigations at Carden Bottoms. Leslie Walker and Jerry Hilliard are currently examining the relationship of features and associated artifacts that were excavated from three houses. These houses were occupied by Native American people who lived around A.
Archaeological investigations from the early s indicate that some of these acres were also farmed from to 1, years ago by Native Americans Woodland through Mississippian cultures. A foraging lifeway extended as far back as 11, years ago Dalton through Archaic cultures. The Late Mississippian pottery vessels of the late prehistoric occupation have made Carden Bottom famous in certain circles as a result of the looting of Native American graves there from as early as the s, though most prominently in the s and s.
Daniel gave the Grizzlies a lead in the first inning with a line-drive solo homer, then launched a long solo shot in the seventh to extend the Grizzlies' lead to The two blasts were his fifth and sixth home runs of the season to take over the team lead. He also walked twice and was hit by a pitch; Southern Illinois did not retire him.
What was once a thriving farm area, is now only a portion of what it was. Farmers grow sorghum, soybeans, corn, winter wheat and hay. Farming has long been known in the area, tracing back to years ago when Native Americans used the land.
Built in an era before computers, television, and even air conditioning, the Carden Bottoms school house was no doubt the center of the entire community that used to exist all around it and the pride of all who attended there. Indeed, it was built so well that now, nearly years later, and after almost all of the rest of the community around it has crumbled to dust and disappeared, the school itself still remains… a silent sentinel of days gone by, childhoods spent, and a town that used to be. Located down a long and all but abandoned dusty dirt road, the school now stands all alone.
We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived. It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page. When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.
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It was the late 19 th Century when tenant farmers in the Carden Bottoms of Northwest Arkansas dropped their shovels for thin metal probes. The Arkansas River began to erode, people were hungry and farmers were desperate. The riverbanks moved and cut their way into the graves of ancient Native people, exposing remains and what would later be the lives of the ancient Osage, Quapaw and Caddo people. The farmers were encouraged by commercial artifact dealers to dig near the riverbanks for pottery vessels that freed them from poverty.