Motorcycling in the Ozarks

By Nick Wilson, Photography by Nick Wilson

But time was not waiting on this crowd of sightseers, and they must now be on their way. Hiram Dam was the next point of interest, and a most beautiful panorama was spread before their eyes on approaching the palisades between which this dam was constructed. Originally projected as a hydroelectric plant, and financed by private capital, for the purpose of supplying power and light to that northern part of Arkansas, it is unfortunate that it was doomed. The dam is now in ruins, and the four giant generators were left at the bottom of the canyon to rust and corrode. It is said the promoters were approached with a proposition to “forget it,” and let the larger utilities handle the business for that territory.

So much for that. And now for the return trip to Memphis. Without any untoward event or incident of special interest, all arrived, worn down somewhat, but full of pleasant memories that will linger long. For anyone wishing to make a short excursion of this kind into the country, the Mid-South Motorcycle Club can recommend, without stint, Heber Springs in the Arkansas Ozarks. The words ascribed to “Preach-in’ Bill” in Harold Bell Wright’s story sum it up about right: “When God looked upon the work of his hands an’ called hit good, he war sure a lookin’ at this here Ozark country.”

By Nick Wilson
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