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Treasure Hunting for Antiques and Collectibles at Granny’s Porch in Oklahoma

Winter is the perfect season to go on a treasure hunt looking for antiques and collectibles. And my first stop was Granny’s Porch Antiques and Collectibles in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Granny's Porch

Meet Carol, the collector, curator and owner of Granny’s Porch, Antiques and Collectibles in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
For twenty years Carol has greeted customers from behind the counter of Granny’s Porch.

With a background in art, she has an eye for what her customers collect. She personally selects each piece in her shop: antiques, glass, jewelry, pottery, porcelain, china, leather items, and more.

Floor to Ceiling Antiques and Collectibles

Granny's Porch Interior
Granny’s Porch Antiques and Collectibles, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

For several years I have collected Depression Glass. So the collections of glass caught my eye right away. I am just a few pieces from having an eight place setting. It has become difficult to find the last pieces of depression glass in my chosen pattern. But I found several patterns of depression glass at Granny’s Porch.

Organized in Groupings

To make shopping easier for patrons, the shop’s collections are organized in groupings throughout the shop. There are figurines, pottery, leathers, aluminum, and western and Native American items.

It’s appropriate that Granny’s Porch is housed in a 100-year old building, which was originally an early day mercantile, or general store. Carol has made many improvements to the building. And she still has 5,000 feet of space on the second floor!

When visiting Granny’s Porch Antiques and Collectibles, plan to spend a little time looking through the many displays. You may just find a treasure of your own.

Location of Granny’s Porch

Granny’s Porch
117 S. Lee
Fort Gibson, OK 74434
918-478-6380
GrannysPorch.com

Granny’s Porch is also listed in the Oklahoma Antique Trail.

*Granny’s Porch is open a limited number of days per week at this time. Please check Carol’s website page on Facebook for days and hours of operation.

6 Unique Boutiques to shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Shopping for gifts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas offers unique boutiques at every turn. And the historic buildings, the surrounding scenery of the Ozark Mountains, and the numerous art galleries, candy, toys, leather, tee-shirt, and hobby shops make the experience memorable.

Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory

One of my favorite shops, the Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory, smells delicious inside.
Step into the Fudge Factory and treat your senses to the mouth watering smell of chocolate.

Their Turtle Cheesecake Fudge is my favorite, with layers of white chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel and filled with nuts. Smooth and rich, a pound of this layered fudge is cut into small squares and packaged in a small gift box for a cost $13.99.

Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory
Amanda at the Counter of Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory
Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory

Two Dumb Dames
Fudge Factory

Since 1980, the Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory has turned out the most mouth watering fudge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Started by a mother and daughter team, these not-so-dumb-dames eventually handed the fudge factory down to their children and grandchildren to continue the business.

Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory
www.twodumbdames.com
800-237-7268
479-253-7268
33 South Main Street
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Tee-Rex Toys & Jayme Brandt Illustration Gallery

Tee Rex Toys and Jayme Brandt Illustration Gallery
Caleb Manages the Tee Rex Toys and Jayme Brandt Illustration Gallery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Tee-Rex

Custom Tee-Rex

Original arts and prints, collectibles, graphic tee-shirts, toys and custom printing.

Tee Rex
www.customteerex.com
660-570-1662
405-771-0407
customteerex@gmail.com
34 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Bleser’s Antique Clocks

Antique Clocks
Marilyn Displays Wall Clocks at Bleser’s Antique Clocks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Antique Clocks

Bleser’s Antique Clocks & Gifts

I inherited an antique clock from my Grandmother. But the clock is badly in need of repair. So, I was thrilled when I found this shop!

Bleser’s Antique Clocks buys, sells, repairs and/or restores antique clocks.

Bleser’s Antique Clocks
Bruce and Jane Bleser
PH: 479-253-6612
jbbleser@gmail.com
NAWCC Members

Joe Jenquine
PH: 727-430-3751
NAWCC Member

For Bare Feet

For Bare Feet Shops
Mary at the counter of the For Bare Feet Shop, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
For Bare Feetis a shop with walls filled with decorative socks

For Bare Feet

Socks and underwear!” Every Christmas while growing up my brother would complain about getting “socks and underwear” wrapped and under the Christmas tree.

Always practical, my mom would take the opportunity to wrap a few necessary items and place them under the Christmas Tree.

So, naturally when I found this shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I couldn’t resist choosing a pair of colorful socks for my brother this year!

For Bare Feet
35 Spring Street
Eureka Springs, AR
PH: 479-253-8084

Silly Chile‘s

Silly Chili
Silly Chile, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Little Cowboy Leaning on Shelf

Silly Chile

Gifts, sauces, salsas, rubs, and more. This shop is full of gift items for the chef in anyone. If you love spicy foods, you will love this shop.

Spicy jellies, candied jalapeno’s, tee-shirts, aprons, grilling sets and gag gifts galore.

And, complimentary spicy popcorn!

Silly Chile’s
87 Spring Street
Eureka Springs, AR
PH: 479-253-0088

Sonya’s Leather and Gift Shop

Three rooms filled with leather jackets, vests, handbags, luggage and more at Sonya's Leather, Accessories & Gifts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Sonya’s Leather, Accessories & Gifts, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Sonya's Leather, Accessories and Gifts

Sonya’s Leather Accessories & Gifts

Sonya’s Leather shop is stocked to the rafters with leather jackets, vests, bags, luggage, purses, gloves and all at reasonable prices.

Sonya’s Leather, Accessories & Gifts
65 S Main St.
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Leonard Meyer
Kathy May
PH: 479-253-8067

In addition to sales, several hobby shops in Eureka Springs offer workshops to create items such as Crescent Moon Beads.

Hats Hides and Heirlooms has a large selection of hats for men and women. But their merchandise is a bit pricey.

The Secret Garden offers garden sculptures and decorative items for home and garden.

Even if you aren’t shopping for a special occasion, a visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a unique experience in itself. Situated in the Ozark Mountains, this mountain town with its winding streets and scenic beauty is worth a trip.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Just trying to stand upright on the sloping sidewalks uphill and down can be a challenge!

Life on the Lake

Sunset Over the Lakae

Beautiful sunsets mark the end of many days on the lake.

Living on an Oklahoma lake

Lake Life

Do you know that Oklahoma has 200 man-made lakes, which is more than any other state?

Do you know that Oklahoma is said to have 2,000 miles more of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined?

Camping, Water Sports and Fishing

I grew up going to the lakes on weekends and holidays with my family. And when I say “family” I mean parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and a grandmother. We would meet at the lake and camp out, swim, water ski, fish, and explore the lakeshore.

We all met at one of the lakes, each family driving or pulling a camp trailer, pickup and camper, or popup camping tent. Someone pulled a boat along for water skiing, fishing, setting out or checking jug lines, or trotlines for fish in the middle of the night.

So, it seemed natural that eighteen months ago when I found a lakefront home I liked, I made the move from the city to the lake. I’m well into collecting my lake attire: tee-shirts with sayings such as: Lake Hair Don’t Care, The Lake is Calling and I Must Go, and Yes, I Fish Too!

Living at the lake reminds me of those days at the lake with my family. But kids grow up and move away. My grandmother has long since passed away. Cousins have their own families now. It seems that the only reason to pull the family together these days is a funeral. My mother died in April of last year. And the family came together to attend her funeral.

Harvest Festival, Craft Days & Pumpkin Nights

Harvest Festival

Fall in Branson, Missouri means the biggest new fall event in
Silver Dollar City‘s 60-year history:
Harvest Festival, Craft Days & Pumpkin Nights

Pumpkin Nights Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.
Harvest Festival, Craft Days & Pumpkin Nights

So Many Pumpkins!

Pumpkins lined walkways and decorated street lamps. Pumpkin sculptures of cats, spiders, and owls stood between 6′ and 26′ tall around the park. Lighted pumpkins strung overhead crisscrossed the pathway to Pumpkin Plaza. Even Master Pumpkin Carver, Barry Brown, from Denver, Colorado, was on hand to demonstrate his craft. Hundreds of Brown’s custom-designed pumpkins that turned

More than 10,000 carved pumpkins decorated the 1880’s theme park. There were 2,500 custom carved pumpkins, 5,000 real pumpkins and “Funkin’ Pumpkins.” Pumpkins ranged in weight from 3 lbs., to 250 lbs.

Pumpkin Owl

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City located in Branson, Missouri, is an 1880’s style amusement park that opened in May 1960.

The park boasts more than 40 rides and attractions, and 100 resident craftsmen and women.

Earlier in 2019, Silver Dollar City was named one of the top 5 amusement parks in the country, according to USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

In addition, Outlaw Run, the park’s wooden roller coaster ranked in the Top 10 Best Roller Coaster poll from the media company.

Gallery

Creatives

As much fun as all of the pumpkins were, the highlights of the festival for me were the true creatives. Talented craftsmen and women demonstrated their skills; creating beautiful glass vases and figurines, functional and decorative pottery, intricately designed and stitched home decor, and so much more. And there’s a new Maker’s Market to showcase the works of these American artisans during the festival.

Did I Mention the Festival Food?

Pumpkins and a piece of Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Flavors

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Cake Pops
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin Apple Fried Pie

Pumpkin Funnel Cakes
Pumpkin Cappuccino

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Shaped Pretzels

Tickets

1-Day Ticket: Ages 12+ $71 Ages 4-11 $61 Ages 65+ $69
Season Passes: Ages 12+ 115 Ages 4-11 $105 Ages 65+ $109
*Group and vacation rates available
**Check the Silver Dollar City website for Special Offers

*Days and times of operation tend to vary so be sure to check the Silver Dollar City calendar for festival dates and daily hours.

Location

Harvest Festival, Craft Days & Pumpkin Nights, which was sponsored by Humana, was a colorful, entertaining, and tasty event! Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri is a one-stop vacation destination. There is something entertaining for the entire family.

Silver Dollar City
Old Time Christmas: Nov. 2 – Dec. 30 featuring an 8-story, state-of-the-art Christmas Tree

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

White Tiger

Nestled in the scenic Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to more than one hundred exotic as well as native animals. Among the largest and most respected large cat sanctuaries in North America, is a nonprofit with a mission to provide care and forever homes to victims of the exotic animal trade.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Lions, Tigers, Bears…and more

Sometimes I stumble onto an amazing attraction on my way to another “amazing attraction,” such as in this case. Looking forward to shopping in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I came across the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and turned off Highway 23 when I saw a sign pointing the way to the refuge.

Inside the visitor center I joined a small group of tourists for a walking tour of the large animal compounds at the refuge. The chuffing of tigers, and the caroling of lions echoed through the Ozark Mountains. One tiger in particular followed us behind his fence as we filed across the front of his habitat. Every rescued animal has a story. Every story is heart wrenching. To see these magnificent animals and hear their stories of rescue and recovery is inspiring.

I have to say that walking the touring trail was a little challenging at times. But the only way to see the large cats in their habitats is by guided tour. (The trail was only 1/2 mile long.) Still, I’ll take the trolley next time. I will admit that the walking tour was worth the trek.

Guided Walking and Trolley Tours Schedule

Guided walking tours leave the visitor center every hour from 10 am – 4 pm during the summer; and from 10 am – 3 pm in the winter. There’s also a guided trolley tour from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm during the summer months for an additional cost of $5. Biologist and / or zoologists lead the guided tours.

Private tours are available on Saturdays for a behind the scenes look at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for an additional cost of $100 – $150 per person. *These tours must be scheduled at least three days ahead of time.

Stay at the Refuge

Visitors can stay a day or a week at TCWR. RV/Tent spaces are available on site for $65. Or stay in one of their unique

Adults Only Lodging

  • Kilimanjaro Suite at the Zulu Lodge
  • Congo Suite at the Zulu Lodge
  • Okavango Suite at the Zulu Lodge
  • Serengeti Suite at the Zulu Lodge
  • Kalahari Suite at the Zulu Lodge

Family Friendly Lodging

  • Siberian Suite
  • Bengel Suite
  • Treehouse Bungalow
  • Bam Bam Bungalow
  • Tigris Tent

Tickets

Adults (19+) $20
Teens (13-18) $15
Kids (4-12) $10; Seniors (65+), and Military
Infants are free (0-3)

Location

If you’re like me, and you love animals the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is worth a visit. If you’re in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas area stop in to see the amazing animals and the herculean efforts made by the staff to improve and maintain a high quality of life for these formerly abandoned and abused animals.

Resources:

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Courtesy of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Historic and beautiful, the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church rests on a sloping mountainside in the Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Bell Tower and Sanctuary

Standing in the parking lot of the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, I can look down the tiered mountainside and see the entire church and grounds. Looking up and behind me I see the historic, famous and notoriously haunted Crescent Hotel looming over the valley.

Bell Tower featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, for being the only church you have to enter through the Bell Tower

Bell Tower

At the edge of the parking lot stands the Bell Tower. A statue of St. Elizabeth of Hungary greets you as you enter the tower.

Highlighted in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” this unique feature belongs to the only church where visitors must enter through the Bell Tower.

 

Stations of the Cross

Pass through the bell tower and follow the 100′ path to the entrance of the Catholic Church. Native rock lines the path on both sides. Notice the 14 stations of the cross represented in sculptures carved from Italian marble. Flowering shrubs, small trees, and manicured flower beds add color to your walk to the front of the church.

Twelve Stations of the Cross Path
Entryway of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

In Loving Tribute

Built by Richard Kerens, the St. Elizabeth Church pays tribute to his mother, Elizabeth. The Rotunda, with its crowning dome reminiscent of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, was built in 1904. Then, the Sanctuary was added to the back of the Rotunda in 1907. And finally, the detached Bell Tower was added to the church in 1910.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
Garden of Saint Francis of Assisi in the courtyard of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.
Courtyard Garden at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

A Local Tradition

There’s a tradition held by the locals that if you make a wish and toss a coin onto the red roof of the church, and the coin stays on the roof your wish will come true. If not . . . better luck next time.

Wish on Roof
Coins Scattered on the Roof of the Church

To visit the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church is free and open to the public. Enter respectfully, slip onto a bench in the quiet sanctuary and say a quick prayer, remember loved ones, or contemplate your blessings.

War Eagle Mill

War Eagle Mill

Surrounded by nature, steeped in history and happily off the beaten path, War Eagle Mill rests in the scenic Ozark Mountains in northwest Arkansas

It's early morning at the War Eagle Mill near Rogers, in Benton County, Arkansas. By nature I'm not an early riser. But this morning I'd hoped to arrive a bit early to walk across the bridge, and along the river bank, to take a few photos of the natural scenic beauty. But fog settles overnight in the valleys of the Ozark Mountains. And the haze in War Eagle Valley adding a sense of bygone days.

History of War Eagle Mill

There's been a mill on this site since 1832, when Sylvanus Blackburn ventured west from Hickman County, Tennessee into the valley near present-day Rogers, Arkansas. He built a home on the west side of today's War Eagle Creek, and a gristmill on the east bank of the creek, before sending for his bride, Catherine. Over time the couple had eight children.

Tragedy struck the mill in 1848 when heavy rains flooded the valley and washed the mill off its foundation carrying it downstream.

But the Blackburns rebuilt the mill.

War Eagle Mill would be destroyed two more times. In 1862, during the Civil War the mill was burned by confederate soldiers to keep it from falling into the hands of the Union Army. The mill burned again in 1924. Today the mill that you see was last rebuilt in 1973

Water Wheel Powers the Mill

War Eagle Valley with historic War Eagle Bridge and War Eagle Mill in the Fall.

War Eagle Mill is powered by an 18' foot cypress undershot water wheel. The force of the flowing water in War Eagle Creek turns the wheel when the water washes over the paddles at the bottom, which turns the mill's machinery. This causes the millstone to grind the grain into flour. War Eagle Mill is the last working gristmill in Arkansas. The mill is said to have the only working undershot water wheel in the nation.

First Floor Mill Store

Step inside the mill to find an abundance of organic foodstuffs including flours, meals, cereals, whole grain mixes, jams, jellies and preserves. There are bread mixes, soup starters and much more. Samples of jams, jellies and preserves are available for visitors to taste before buying.

Inside the first floor War Eagle Store shelves are filled with packaged Non-GMO and organic meals, flours and mixes.
War Eagle Mill Store

Second Floor Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is on the second floor of the War Eagle Mill near Rogers, Bentonville, Arkansas. Filled with candles, kitchen items, jewelry, tee-shirts and more.
War Eagle Gift Shop

Climb the stairs to the second floor gift shop to find all kinds of gift ideas. Browse the kitchen gadgets, pottery, candles, jewelry, and t-shirts. Among the most interesting items I found were the knives, hammered and shaped from railroad spikes.

If you arrive early for the cafe, you can sit down for a game of checkers. There's a checkerboard for visitors standing against the wall.

*War Eagle Mill and Gift Shop are open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Bean Palace Cafe

Bean Palace Cafe on the third floor of War Eagle Mill serves pinto beans, homemade cornbread and sweet iced tea in a mason jar.
Sweet Iced Tea in a Mason Jar

The signature dish at the Bean Palace Cafe is beans and cornbread: pinto beans with ham hocks, and hot buttered homemade cornbread. Beans and cornbread served with sweet tea in a mason jar. Add warm cobbler topped with ice-cream for dessert. That's my idea of a southern meal.

*The Bean Palace Cafe is open 7-days a week. Lunch is served daily from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. The cafe serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

War Eagle Bridge

Historic War Eagle Bridge spans War Eagle Creek casting shadows in the flowing water below.
Historic War Eagle Bridge Spans War Eagle Creek

Adjoining the mill, a one-lane steel bridge crosses over War Eagle Creek. Built in 1907, the historic bridge was built by the Illinois Steel Bridge Company of Jacksonville, Illinois. This is the only Parker Truss bridge in northwest Arkansas. On November 19, 1985 the War Eagle Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic War Eagle Bridge over War Eagle Creek
Historic War Eagle Bridge over War Eagle Creek

War Eagle Creek meanders through the scenic War Eagle Valley, past War Eagle Mill on the east side of the creek and under the historic War Eagle Bridge in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Two Boys Fish from a Sandbar in War Eagle Creek
Casting Line and Nets on War Eagle Creek

Fishing on War Eagle Creek

Bundled in jacket and boots, an older woman takes a spot under the bridge to cast her fishing line.
Fishing Under the War Eagle Bridge

It's early morning in War Eagle Valley. The fog that settles in the valley overnight in the Ozarks hasn't yet lifted. Yet, already people are standing on the banks of War Eagle Creek and under the bridge fishing.

For fun, the mill is sponsoring a Fishing Derby over the weekend. Winning categories may include ugliest fish, largest or smallest fish.

But serious anglers fish the creek for catfish, perch, bass, and stream-running walleye.

War Eagle Crafts Fair

Every year the mill hosts the enormous War Eagle Crafts Fair. This year the fair was held from Thursday, October 17th to Sunday, Oct. 20th, 2019.

If you love arts and crafts the War Eagle Crafts Fair is great. The fair is actually made up of three venues: the Sharp's Fair sets up in the field adjacent to the mill, War Eagle Vendors set up booths in the mill parking lot, and the War Eagle Fair is held on the west side of War Eagle Creek.

Crafts Fair Parking

Come early to get a parking space close to the fair. Parking is in a huge pasture on the west side of War Eagle Creek. Thousands visit the War Eagle Crafts Fair every year since it originated 65 years ago. Items to look for at the fair include:

  • Watercolor Paintings, Oil Paintings, Pottery
  • Folk Art, Wearable Art, Country Decorative Items, Country Clothing, Country Furnishings
  • Floral Wreaths, Potpourri, Dried Arrangements
  • Quilts, Candles, Homemade Soaps. . . and so much more

The War Eagle Crafts Fair takes place in the fall, which is beautiful in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Crimson reds, burnt orange, and golden yellow paint the landscape.

But then, any time is a good time to visit War Eagle Mill.

Resources:

Nearby Lodgings: Rogers, Arkansas , Bentonville, Arkansas

Directions: *War Eagle Mill: The website lists turn by turn directions to the Mill.

In Search of Belle Starr’s Grave

“On the Canadian River . . . far from society, I hoped to pass the remainder of my life in peace.”
Belle Starr

Belle Starr’s Death

Belle Starr was nibbling on a piece of cornbread as she left the home of friends to return to her home at Younger’s Bend in February of 1889. Just as she guided her horse onto the river road, a shotgun blast to her back catapulted her out of  her saddle and onto the road. She tried to push herself up from the road, but a second blast to her shoulder and face ended her life. Her murderer was never brought to justice.

Southern Belle to Bandit Queen

Belle Starr, born Myra Maybelle Shirley, was born on a farm near Carthage, Missouri on February 5, 1848. One of six children born to John and Elizabeth Shirley, Belle was the only girl. The Shirleys were a wealthy family. And their home was also a hideout for outlaws.

Belle attended the Carthage Female Academy where she learned to be a proper lady according to the rules of etiquette at that time. She studied the classics, and learned to play the piano, a skill which she enjoyed throughout her life. Belle’s older brother, John Allison, nicknamed Bud, taught her to ride a horse and shoot both pistol and rifle. And Belle was a crack shot. She won many awards for her marksmanship.

Three Rivers Museum

Belle Starr Memorabilia
Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Before setting out to find Belle Starr’s grave, I visited the Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to learn a little more about the Outlaw Queen of the Old West. There, in a glass showcase I found photos of Belle, a pistol, a rifle and a side saddle that had belonged to Belle Starr. In addition, two chunks of stone are all that’s left of the original headstone marking Belle Starr’s grave. It seems that souvenir hunters took chips of the previous stones as a piece of history to keep.

The photos in the case from left to right: Belle’s grave is shown to be about 20-feet from the front door of her three-room cabin at Younger’s Bend. The house was demolished in 1933.

Belle, always fashionable, is shown in her black velvet riding jacket, a hat sporting a large plume, and draped with cartridge belts. She is holding a pistol, and posing for the photo. Also in the center of the table is a photo of the headstone marking Belle Starr’s grave. Belle Starr was buried about 20′ from the front porch of her cabin.

And finally, Belle is shown sitting side saddle, which is how she often rode her favorite mare, Venus. 

Then I was ready to find the legendary Belle Starr’s grave hidden away somewhere on a wooded hillside near Younger’s Bend on the Canadian River and close to present day Eufaula, Oklahoma. 

Directions to Younger’s Bend

Younger’s Bend is approximately 1.1 miles east of the Lake Eufaula dam driving from the dam on HWY 71. You will want to watch carefully for the short road to Younger’s Bend. It can be difficult to see from the highway.

*Also, be aware that Belle Starr’s grave is on private property.

Narrow Path to Belle Starr's Grave
Path to Belle Starr’s Grave 
Coins, empty gun shells and flowers
Belle Starr’s Headstone

                                           Carved in the face of the headstone are three symbols related to Belle Starr: a star, a bell, and Belle’s favorite mare, Venus. The current headstone is about the fourth one placed on Belle’s grave. Visitors chipped away the first three stones taking the chips away to keep as
souvenirs of the Bandit Queen. Coins litter the base of the headstone, empty gun shells scatter the ground in front of the grave, and flowers placed at the base of the headstone are all left by recent visitors. I have to admit that I left a few coins myself.

Inscribed on the headstone:

BELLE STARR
Born at Carthage, Missouri
Feb. 5, 1848.
Died Feb. 3, 1889.
Shed Not for me the bitter tear,
Nor give the heart to vain regret;
Tis but the casket that lies here,
The gem that filled it sparkles yet.


Written by Belle Starr’s daughter, Pearl Reed

Belle Starr’s Burial

Belle Starr was buried in a homemade pine board casket, dressed in her black velvet riding jacket, jewelry, and holding her pearl-handled Colt 45. Sometime later the grave was robbed, the pistol and Belle’s jewelry were taken. When she learned of her mother’s disturbed grave, Belle’s daughter, Pearl hired a stonemason to build the stone enclosure around the grave. 

Belle Starr married more than once, but is believed to have taken many lovers over her lifetime. On November 1, 1866, Belle married Jim Reed. The couple had two children, Rosie Lee Reed (called Pearl) born in 1868; and James Reed born in 1871. When Jim was killed in 1875, Belle married Sam Starr, who was killed in 1886.  

It was only after her death that the legend of Belle Starr was created in newspapers, magazines and popular dime novels. 

Belle Starr's Grave
Belle Starr’s Grave

Belle Starr took many secrets to her grave. She lived, died and was buried on a quiet wooded hillside near Younger’s Bend on the Canadian River in the Cookson Hills of Oklahoma.

Resources:
Belle Starr and Her Times: The Literature, the Facts, and the Legends. By Glenn Shirley
Belle Starr: The Bandit Queen. By Burton Roscoe. Introduction by Glenda Riley

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