Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival June 20-21

Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) R7050 Mt. Magazine SP, AR PFN

The Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival is traditionally held the fourth week of June.
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-Magazine Mountain shagreen snail dropped from endangered list

The Magazine Mountain shagreen snail dropped from endangered list. It had been listed since 1989 and was found on talus slopes on the mountain.

Arkansas mountain snail dropped from endangered list – ky3.com.


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John Bell Mount Magazine Paintings

Artist John Bell Jr. is exhibiting his work on Mount Magazine.


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Mount Magazine Dinner Theater Manager Dixon Bowles Passes

Dixon Bowles whose colorful life included managing the dinner theater on Mount Magazine before the original lodge was destroyed by fire has passed.


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History of Lodges on Mount Magazine

THV reports on the history of Mount Magazine noting that 25 settlers were on the mountain after the Civil War and that the first lodge was built in 1900 (the Skycrest Inn). In 1940, a lodge built by the Works Project Administration was erected and destroyed by fire in 1971. The current lodge was completed in 2006.


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Arkansas Governor Objects to 10% Increase in Mount Magazine Lodge Fee

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has objected to a 10 percent increase in rates for the Mount Magazine Lodge
The Mount Magazine Lodge is looking to increase its prices. Mount Magazine costs $212 for a two-person suite at Mount Magazine State Park from March through November.

Meanwhile here’s an article on what to do at Mount Magazine.

Will Appleā€™s Road Trial, 1.6 miles long, is called easy. It is part of the old route used to haul produce of mountaintop farms to the valley below. Signal Hill Trail takes you to the absolute highest point in Arkansas, 2,753 feet above sea level, and there is a stone map of the state to view at the summit. It is 1.4 miles and rated moderate. Bear Hollow Trail is 2.8 miles, moderate, and passes waterfalls and some virgin hardwood forest.

Other trails are Benefield, Cove Lake, Greenfield, Mossback Ridge and North Rim.


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Arkansas Closes Park So Bears Can Pick Berries

Arkansas has closed Queen Wilhelmina State Park temporarily due to increased bear activity. The release notes that during berry season the bears get more active and also warns visitors about bears on Mount Magazine.


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Mount Magazine 15K Run June 5 “Only One Hill”

The Mount Magazine 15K Run sponsored by the River Valley Runners will be June 5 starting at the Havana School.


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40 Year Anniversary of 1970 Unsolved Mount Magazine Murder

AY Magazine is reporting on the incident went a headless torso was found on Mount Magazine on April 15, 1970. Somebody looking for poke in the freshly burned fields on the mountain noticed:

Sitting upright, on a tree stump, was part of a human body. The head was missing, as were the arms and the upper portion of the torso. The body had been severed just above the navel. The legs had been cut off just above the knees and were also missing…The day after the initial gruesome discovery, the search party found five bloody plastic bags on the mountain. One held human hair, another contained intestines and the other bags had been torn and emptied by animals. The bags were black trash bags with a trademark imprint of a green leaf on them.

The body has never been identified and the crime has never been solved.


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Monument Erected to One of Victims of 1971 Mount Magazine Rampage

A monument has been erected by Lake Swim Beach at Blue Mountain Lake in honor of David Small, who was left for dead in the trunk of a car, following a murder rampage by two Oklahoma State Prison escapees around Mount Magazine. Small continued to be a ranger at the park and taught school before retiring in 2008. He died in 2009.

Earl Van Denton and Paul Ruiz were executed with another unrelated murderer January 9, 1997, in a rate triple execution for the murder.

Opal James, a 58-year-old park ranger, at Blue Lake and Mount Magazine Ranger Marvin Ritchie were killed on June 29, 1977 in the rampage. Ritchie was answering a call about two men rolling a tire down a road. He was overpowered and bound in the car and his patrol car was used to block a road. When two Blue Lake rangers approach (James and Small) they shot them both with James dying and Small surviving.

The killers were the first to be sentenced to die in Arkansas in modern times although the execution was delayed by appeals.


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