Cultural Notes and Links
this page is usable and useful (we hope), it is still under construction.
Please feel free to use it, but be patient.
If you wish to learn more about
the setting of the Richard Carter series, take advantage of this brief selection of websites devoted to the history, geography,
and culture of the Ozarks. Unlike some of the places in the novels ("geography of the imagination"), these places
do exist and are accurately described.
of the earliest descriptions of the Ozark Plateau comes from Henry Schoolcraft, a scholar who walked and rode from Potosi
(SW of St. Louis) to Springfield, Missouri and down the White River to present-day Batesville, Arkansas.
Henry Schoolcraft's Journey Through the Ozarks
The karst topography of the Ozarks
produces many springs and caverns. The former spawned many grist mills in the early history of the region, and supports tourism
and recreation today.
The Trail of Tears
Natchotoches Trace (Southwest Trail)
Ozark Scenic Riverways Facebook Page
The following link will take you to pages of images
from the Mark Twain Forest.
the images will show you more.
Mark Twain Forest Images and More
The economic history
of the region is varied and interesting, from with hunting and trapping, to hardscrabble farms carved out of the forests and
bottom land, to the development of lead and iron mining to the lumber boom of the late 19th century, on to manufacturing.
The real life mystery of the Irish Wilderness
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For those who
think the lost cause (CSA) is gone and forgotten, read the article and posts to this blog.
Sterling Price's Raid
Civil War Ozark Bushwhackers