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    That's the real name of the farm shop and little road. I know old man Pirani, quite well. Drank my share of beer with him at a local watering hole. He told me just like his tenet farmer hands told me. Your gonna get yourself killed, boy riding your bicycle and motorcycle around here. Then we'd both laugh and have another round. Ah, the good old days.

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    One of the markers Charlie has restored and has mounted on a stand and on display for all to see. Nice work. Marion Lake was the old river chute that gave Marion access as a port on the Mississippi River back before the levee was built. That was before 1914.

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    The Indian Mound

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    A couple more pics of the mound. Glad it survived.

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    Share Cropper/Tenet Farmer Houses

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    When charlie bought the farm he got a row of little houses. They have allways been occupied as long as I can remember. He's now renting them out to those who want to experience that kind of life as a bed and breakfast . I lived in some little houses like this growing up. So I don't have to to do the modern experience to find out. Been there done that.

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    The Levee

    Just a few hundred yards down the road from the Indian mound is the levee.
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    Flood stage. I've seen it a about 1 ft. from the top. If the levee gets breached it'sa total disaster.

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    River Fishing Camp at Flood Stage

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    Where's the bank?
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    The life of a river rat. The people who live in the fishing camps are a different breed of cat. I've fished this spot many times back in my fishing days. Caught a lot of crappie and bream here. You don't fish it at flood stage.

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    No mail today.
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    Welcome to Mound City Chute. Yea Buddy.
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    High and dry on top of the levee.

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    Them Indians were no fools, they built that mound as a refuge from the river.

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    Two

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    The river side of the levee flooded.
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    The other side of the levee, just a normal day in the neiborhood.

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    From top of the levee; inside the levee is the flood and out the leeve all is normal. I live in Marion and part of my property tax is a levee fee to maintaihe levee. Without the levee, our property is in the flood zone of the Mississippi River. At the same time I've almost been flooded out by the water not being able to get to the river. Strange,but true.
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    This gate is locked to most. A select few have keys to all the crossings. Many years ago my late Father had all those keys. My father was a well known hunter in the area and someone of prominence hooked him up. you can see the flood water on one side and dry land on the other.

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    St. Francis Levee District

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    This a very powerful organization in this area; This is across the street from the Southland Gaming and Racing facility in West Memphis, Ar.. You can see it from I40/I-55. I've allways wanted the levee road open so we motorcycle riders could use it as a scenic hiway along eastern Arkansas. This would open 100's of miles of scenic riding. But I guess it's not to be.

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    Ride, Eat ,Look, and Listen

    Like I said most folks are blitzing thru the Memhis, West Memphis, Marion area on their way to the lakes, mountains and the rivers of western Ar., no problem with that. But if you stop and get gas in West Memphis and you got a little extra time, after you fuel up ride a little north maybe 10 minutes and visit a little rustic hamlet of Mound City and step back into the time of Indians, Spanairds, Louisiana Purchase, Trail of Tears, Old South, Civil War, Sultana diaster, history of American music in Marion and West Memphis. While you're here flip your radio over to KWEM 93.3 FM West Memphis, you'll be glad you did.
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    It really did happen here. And spread all over the old US of A.

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    Back to The River Chute

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    Water receding. I couldn't live like this. Some times it floods several times a year, Sometimes it's months on end like this. Flooting house up and down. The smell has got to be annoying. Walking up and down those steps in a house on stilts. The endless clean up of the flotsam and jetsam.

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    Turtle-Whats the fuss a little water never hurt nobody.
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    Just another day in the river chute.

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