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Saturday Puzzle Contest: A Pretty View & Claim to Fame
Saturday, July 15th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Debra Guyette!

Today’s puzzle is a picture I took on a recent hike with my family. The trail is only a mile long, taking us from a street in town into the forest to a high bluff overlooking the Ouachita River. (Ouachita is pronounced WASH-it-tah around here. 🙂 ) That river is where our family loves to make our annual floating-the-river adventure.

The bluff is called the DeSoto Bluff, named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who led an expedition through these parts in 1541-2. It’s our local claim to fame unless you count the 1997 F4 tornado that swept through Arkadelphia and flattened 60 city blocks.

Mostly, Arkadelphia is a quiet little town with a great high school football team and two universities. We have two rivers (the Ouachita and the Caddo), so this area is dubbed the Twin Rivers. And I don’t know why I’m giving you a mini-tour because all I wanted to do was share my photo.

So, here it is. Yes, you have to solve the puzzle to see it! Then, for a chance to win a $5 Amazon GC, tell me about some obscure claim-to-fame your area is known for!

16 comments to “Saturday Puzzle Contest: A Pretty View & Claim to Fame”

  1. cindy
    · July 15th, 2023 at 9:22 am · Link

    Specifically my home town: Birthplace of football legends Joe Montana and Fred Cox (also a chiropractor and inventor of the NERF ball); Army Chief of Staff General Carl E Vuono, ret; author Deirdre Bair; and one of the sites of the Whiskey Rebellion. I’m related to 2 of the above.

  2. Pansy Petal
    · July 15th, 2023 at 9:26 am · Link

    I was born in Hart, Michigan, just off the coast of Lake Michigan. When I was growing up, it was farm country. Now it is a tourist destination. But you asked for obscure. The area is the Asparagus capital. This year celebrated the fiftieth year of the National Asparagus festival. During the month of June, almost everything has asparagus in it. There is even an award winning Asparagus wine. Of course I did move recently, so I missed the festival this year. I now live in Louisville Kentucky. They have this race track here you may have heard of. 😀

  3. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · July 15th, 2023 at 9:56 am · Link

    I grew up in Brooklyn NY. In one of its neighborhoods, Bedford Stuyvesant, is the remnant of Weeksville, the neighborhood that provided refuge for African-Americans from the NY draft riots of 1863.

  4. Diane Sallans
    · July 15th, 2023 at 11:26 am · Link

    I live in Basking Ridge NJ – a small colonial town Chartered in 1750. George Washington & Marquis de Lafayette supposedly lunched under our old Oak Tree (which unfortunately died a few years ago at the age of 619 years – that was calculated after it needed to be cut don since it was in the middle of a church graveyard). Also, General Charles Lee of Virginia was captured by the British while cavorting at Widow Brown’s Tavern. More recently, Meryl Streep went to grammer school here, but then moved to the next door town for high school – I saw her perform in her high school musical L’il Abner as Daisy Mae (of course not knowing what she would later do).

  5. Colleen C.
    · July 15th, 2023 at 12:26 pm · Link

    My town was established in 1917 by a tire company to grow cotton for their tires. In the 80s they sold off land for development. You still see local farmers growing cotton among other crops, but sadly the farms are disappearing and more and more building is being done.

  6. kerry pruett
    · July 15th, 2023 at 4:46 pm · Link

    my area in texas is known for Sam Rayburn Lake and Toledo Bend Lake. Toledo Bend Lake was named the best Bass fishing lake by Bassmasters 2 years in a row a few years back

  7. BN
    · July 15th, 2023 at 5:15 pm · Link


  8. flchen
    · July 15th, 2023 at 6:45 pm · Link


    That is lovely, Delilah! I was born in SF, where the now ubiquitous fortune cookie was invented.

  9. Mary Preston
    · July 15th, 2023 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Not so obscure, but my town is known for its parks and gardens. Beautiful in spring 🌼.

  10. Eileen Airey
    · July 15th, 2023 at 11:44 pm · Link

    Scranton P.A. is known for the first city to have electric trolly cars in the nation.

  11. Debra Guyette
    · July 16th, 2023 at 6:05 am · Link

    I live in Orlando FL. I know no one knows this but we have lots of amusement parks.

  12. Jennifer Beyer
    · July 16th, 2023 at 9:20 am · Link

    We have the distinction of being the 1st State.

  13. Cara
    · July 16th, 2023 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Beautiful photograph!!
    Since you’ve extolled the scenic virtues of my home town, I’ll brag about where I now live.
    Country music star Charlie Rich (the Silver Fox) lived here for about 20 years. My cousin went to high school with his daughter and my youngest brother lived in “the old Charlie Rich house” for a while.
    Professional baseball player, Cliff Lee, is also from Benton.
    Also, Niloak Pottery was made here (That’s Kaolin spelled backwards). The pottery is noted for the swirls of color throughout the clay.

  14. Sara
    · July 17th, 2023 at 11:53 am · Link

    Beautiful picture, I am partial to rivers as well, since growing up near the Eel River in Petrolia, CA. Petrolia is the first place petroleum was discovered in CA. The largest large city nearby is Eureka CA, which is home to California’s oldest zoo, the Sequoia Park Zoo.

  15. Beckie
    · July 19th, 2023 at 9:43 am · Link

    Hillside gardens in town.

  16. Delilah
    · July 23rd, 2023 at 8:45 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing all you local claims to fame! And Cara, the Rich’s owned the property next to ours. 🙂

    The winner, chosen by a random number generator, is…#11—Debra Guyette!

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