Cultural Notes and Links
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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.  

One 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.
Clicking 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

Pappy Price

The Burnt Districts

Jim Lane and the Red Legs

The novel, The Shepherd of the Hills, presents a decidedly sentimental vision of the post-Civil War Ozarks. The story has been made into a slide show, a movie, and an outdoor play (at Branson) in which the spectators can participate.
Click this site to see photographs that are true to the reality of the time.

The Shepherd of the Hills (Show and History)