The EOA at 15: Staff Picks for 15 Must-See Photos

For 15 years since its launch in May 2006, the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas, whose offices are in the CALS Roberts Library, has amassed more than 10,000 pieces of media to accompany its more than 6,000 entries: photos, documents, maps, audio clips, and more. In no particular order, here are 15 EOA staff favorites (with links to accompanying entries in the titles).

Jimmy Driftwood and Friends

Jimmy Driftwood, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton at the Driftwood Barn in Mountain View (Stone County); May 21, 1980. Driftwood arranged for Fonda to stay with local couple Lucy and Waco Johnson so she could study the characteristics of a “mountain woman” for her upcoming movie The Doll Maker.

Henry Thruston, Tallest Confederate Soldier

Henry Clay Thruston, reportedly the tallest Confederate soldier in the Civil War.

Little Rock Nine Member Elizabeth Eckford, Past and Present

(we’re counting these companion photos as making up one media experience)

Zerbe Air Sedan

The Zerbe Air Sedan in Fayetteville (Washington County); circa 1919.

The “Petticoat Government” of Yellville

All-female city council of Yellville (Marion County); circa 1930. (Front row; left to right): Treasurer O’Beta Carson, Mayor Virginia (Virge) Walton, Recorder Lena Nowlin; (Back row; left to right): Alderwomen Elnora Record, Doll Thompson, Mag Hutchinson, Abbie Cowdrey, and Alma Berry.

The Williford Flood of 1962

Flood at Williford (Sharp County); 1962.

Slime Mold

Myxomycete slime mold Fuligo septica.

Popeye Statue in Alma, “Spinach Capital of the World”

Statue of Popeye in Alma (Crawford County) commemorating the city’s claim of being the “Spinach Capital of the World.” The bronze statue replaced a twenty-year-old statue made from fiberglass and papier-mâché.

Destruction of Bootleg Liquor in Russellville during Prohibition

Destruction of bootleg liquor in Russellville (Pope County); 1909.

Titan II Missile Silo Construction

Construction of Titan II missile silo in central Arkansas, early 1960s.

Post Office at Norfork

Post office at Norfork (Baxter County); circa 1920s.

Arkansas/Arkansaw Travelers

Posing as “Arkansas Travelers” was a popular tourist pastime.

White Lightning Car

Gator McKlusky Galaxie 500, Burt Reynolds’s car from the film White Lightning, featured in a Burt Reynolds celebration parade in Benton (Saline County); December 2, 2019.

Julie Adams

Publicity still of Betty May “Julie” Adams of Little Rock (Pulaski County), from the 1954 3-D thriller, Creature from the Black Lagoon.

All American Red Heads Women’s Basketball Team

The 1976 All American Red Heads team. (Left to right): “Spanky” Losier, Cheryl Clark, Lynnette Sjoquist, Charlotte Adams (coach), Susan Callahan, Marsha Tate, Wanda England, and Barbara Hostert.
These are just a small sample of what is on the site. We could have picked hundreds more! See for yourself by browsing the CALS EOA’s media library.
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