I am pretty sure right about now would be a great time to get the family out and take a float trip on the James. I might add Hootentown would be a good place to start that trip! The leaves should be peaking anytime, in Springfield they are already full force when it comes to color. Imagine what the river bluffs must look like away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Make sure to pack a lunch, bring a camera and spend the night if the weather permits and lately it could be better.
In the southern states we are finding out that Purple Martin Landlords who are putting up and using METAL housing systems are actually cooking approximately 40-60% of the eggs laid by the adult birds. We are asking that all southern bird houses either be made of plastic (but not PVC) or wood. We have received numerous reports from landlords of well-established colonies that the adult purple martins have abandoned their metal houses because very few if any of the eggs laid these last two very hot summers actually fledged out. For more information.
During the early 1900s, people flocked to Hootentown for popular riverside activities like swimming, surf bathing, and fishing. The only activity for women in the river involved jumping into the river and noodling catfish. Their clumsy Victorian and Edwardian style bathing costumes were often quite burdensome. Making it extremely hard to haul up a 30lb catfish.
Women typically dressed in black, knee-length, puffed-sleeve wool dresses, often featuring a sailor collar, and worn over bloomers or drawers trimmed with ribbons and bows. The bathing costume was typically accessorized with long black stockings, lace-up bathing slippers, and fancy caps. The men of the time always looked for farm girls with their own buggy and riverfront property. It was the heyday of Hootentown!
Show your pride Hootentownians! I figured it might be time to start putting the word out about Hootentown and let those around the Ozarks know Hootentown is still alive and well. The shirt shows an image of the old steel bridge from around 1950 long before it was removed and replaced with today’s concrete structure. I tried to keep the costs down as far as I could possibly go so I chose this “Value” rated T. It’s an affordable alternative heavyweight t-shirt for the value conscious consumer. Pre-shrunk and made from 5.5 oz 100% heavyweight cotton. It also has double-needle stitched bottom and hems for extra durability. It only comes in white, if you want you can customize with your family name, your business name or whatever you wish to put on the reverse side of the shirt. You can also upgrade to a different shirt and go with other colors. I would suggest you keep it on a light color shirt so the printing looks correct. Order yours here!
Here is a second shirt with the Famous Natural Arch.