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Old Mar 18, 2012, 3:56 PM   #1
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Until a few years ago I owned this pretty little bit of land in the Ouachita Mountains south of Mena Arkansas. 1000 feet of the spring fed Cossatot River cuts through the middle of the property and it was bordered by paved state highway 375. One of the four springs is shown. All put forth potable water. The peak that rose from the rear property line is Eagle Mountain. I hated to part with the place but it became too difficult to maintain. All photos were scanned and originals were taken with a Minolta Maxxum 5000.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 4:57 PM   #2
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Default Pipe Spring.

Here is another spring that I piped so I could put a drinking cup under it.
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Hi Streets

Wow... what a privilege you had to own that property... I can imagine it probably changed with the seasons a fair bit? (How far was it from where you live?)

15 acres (about 6 hectares) is quite a decent size of land... and yes I can imagine yes it would have taken a fair bit of upkeep / maintenance. Would there have been wild animals on the property (or 'in the area') to keep some of the grass down?

I like photo #1, with the perspective of the mountain in the background, and with the car near the house / shack. It gives a good 'rural / rustic feel'.

The water in photos 2, 3 and 4 looks to have a bit of a 'tint' to it, eg grey / light blue-ish (ie not perfectly clear). Is that minerals, the soil / rocks it runs over, or just the 'light'? It's great you can have potable water from a spring!

My parents (retired for about 10 years now) own about 3.5 hectares of land in Tasmania, Australia - and have a small river at one end. It's not drinkable (but they collect drinkable rainwater). I live in a city almost 2000km away from them - but do get to see them at their home about once a year. It's a nice break

Thanks for sharing your special part of the world.

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The land was about 260 miles from my home. It took between four and five hours to get there. The whitish cast in the river was due to a soil feature called "potters clay" and appeared after heavier rains. There were deer, bobcats, bear, possum, coons, and armadillos roaming this area. It also abutted the Ouachita National Forest. The upstream border of the "Cossatot National Wild and Scenic River System" was a quarter mile downstream from the property.
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G'day Streets

Agree with PJ ^ ... a delightful & peaceful place of paradise, away from the madding crowds > and can easily identify with the never-ending issues of maintenance vs family / working life

Thanks for sharing with us
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Paul, Phil, the availability of this property was a very rare opportunity. I doubt that a similar purchase today would be within my means. I miss having it but The understory growth there was too great to keep up with. The new owner has built a home there and is a full time resident.
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