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.
Ozarks Watch: Henry Schoolcraft's Journey
of the Ozarks; An Anthology
was at the Poplar Bluff Public Library
March 1 and 2, 2019
was a joy to listen to his presentation.
made me remember why I enjoyed college so much.
I also had the
privilege of meeting and conversing with
Professor C. D. Albin
Founder and Editor of Elder Mountain;
A Journal of Ozarks Studies
Author of literary
Literature of the Ozarks below to go to the Anthology Amazon page.]
[Click on Axe, Fire, Mule to go to C. D.
Elder Mountain icon below to go to the Journal of Ozarks Studies website.]
Phillip Douglas Howerton
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
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