Bald Knob Arkansas revisited. Good use of an old filling station.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Bald Knob is a small town approximately 12 miles from Searcy Arkansas, the White County seat.  Bald Knob grows on you.  Despite the funny name, the town is a treasure with good places to eat, an appreciation for history, and friendly folks.

I bought this old card.

Bald Knob Market Cafe

It shows the Market Cafe.  The Market Cafe is still in existence with a loyal clientele.  Look behind the cafe. See that Market Station filling station?  It's still there also.

Fire station Bald Knob AR

But now it has a new service.  It's the Bald Knob Fire Department!  Bald Knob appreciated the old rock architecture and put it to good use.  I salute them!

 

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Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Luke, do you mean this one?  This has to be the classiest filling station ever built.  I did not know it was on the historic register.  I have just admired it every time I drive by.  Perhaps you can do a story on it.  It actually makes me think that the one who designed it also did the church below.

Bald Knob old filling station

Bald Knob church

Dec 29, 2010 12:14 PM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Don, what a sad finish to a great story!

Debbie,  Nutsy has not been told about the wild squirrels in your attic.  I think he will not be unhappy if you kill the devils.  Not only should he be nicer to me but he should also train his relatives.

Dec 29, 2010 12:17 PM #17
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Anita Fuller

To Debbie:  I am one of the regulars, too....but evidently failed to see this blog posted yesterday.  My question to you:  what have you tried to rid your attic of squirrels?   We have had them for years:  NO ONE seems to know how they get in..or out....I've caught many in rat traps....haven't resorted to setting out a bowl of anti-freeze for them to drink and go off and die, YET....but I am close. They are the small, flying squirrels.

Nutsy, if you warn any of your relatives not to drink the antifreeze, I am coming after you single handed.  You will not live to see another day.

 

Dec 30, 2010 01:14 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Ah, near Godmother,

When you are talking about relatives of Nutsy and trains, are you talking about me?

Wheatloaf, supper star

Dec 30, 2010 03:53 AM #19
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm looking for a picture of the quarry. Supposedly, it looks the same as it did 125 years ago. Read more here.

Read this article, In search of the 'knob': Elusive namesake a part of Bald Knob history  here.

The Searcy Daily Citizen  Sunday, November 14, 2006

 

Dec 30, 2010 04:33 AM #20
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Barbara, Great participation from your blog.

Dec 30, 2010 05:38 AM #21
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, Debbie just bought their new house today!  Her squirrels had better listen up and get out of the attic. 

Wheatloaf, you'd better be careful if you come to Arkansas because you've just said you are a supper star and folks here love squirrel suppers!

Don, thanks again for the articles that you always find for us on this blog.  Those two links are valuable for info!!

Charles, I love my participants, including Charles Edwards!

 

Dec 30, 2010 08:40 AM #22
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Debbie Wantulok

Barbara, your you have such nice blog friends. 

 I can't wait to read more on the links Don left.  I haven't been at the desk all day and I missed the new posts.

Anita, Like Barbara has said we just purchased the house today so we haven't had opportunity to really begin the squirrel fight.  However, we have fought this battle before.  We had 2 male fox squirrels that got in our attic storing nuts and then fighting over a female.  I thought WW3 had begun over my head!  We called the Cooperative Extension Service and they told us to put out corn for them.  Now, I'm not a "farm" girl but I know better than to feed unwanted company.  You feed them...you keep them!  We finally found where they were getting into our attic (at the previous house) - which is the major challenge.  Then you get them out...wait them out...there is no water in the attic...they will come out sometime.  When that happens...you seal the spot or spots!  We had 4 little vents where the second story attached to the first that were never sealed after a roof had been replaced.  Talk about a challenge to seal - it was!  I don't know the habits of flying squirrels but if you are in the house it is probably fairly easy for you to take notes.  The squirrels we had were usually out during the warm part of the day which made it rather easy to make repairs while they were out.  Not much help but I will certainly let you know if we have a different experience with the gray squirrels at this location.

I understand your frustration but I wouldn't suggest the anti-freeze method for ridding yourself of unwanted pest.  I was thinking more along the lines of killing them with kindness and inviting them to dinner.  Maybe introduce them to the sharp shooter of the family.  Of course, if you are in the city limits that could be a problem. Squirrel and dumplins always seemed to keep them away from my parents house out in the country. City squirrels are too tough to make good fried squirrel but they make nice dumplins.  If you need a recipe just let me know. NUTSY talks tough but I figure he'll be in hot water if he comes barking in our attic. Sounds like Barbara bit off a challenge when she took on Nutsy for a Godson. I think she can take care of him though.  Most animals are teachable... eventually they get the idea that you aren't going anywhere and if they want to survive they might should get to the water hole a different way.

We are currently in the city limits of Searcy and the squirrels here are ruining the electrical and telephone wires.  Not to mention the roofs of houses.  I have never heard of a town being over run with squirrels only squirrely towns but I supposed it can happen. 

Be sure and let us know how things turn out for you. 

Debbie

Dec 30, 2010 10:29 AM #23
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Debbie Wantulok

Anita - Sorry - My husband said that flying squirrels are not edible. 

Dec 30, 2010 10:48 AM #24
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Here is Debbie's new house in Searcy, Arkansas.  Beautifully rustic.....just as a good squirrel would love!!

Debbie's new house

Dec 30, 2010 01:43 PM #25
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Anita Fuller

Debbie:  thank you for the "tips"....but I am at my wit's end.  Had to go to 3 stores here in Greers Ferry yesterday to find anti-freeze but finally got some at the NAPA Auto Parts store.  Now to figure out where to put my enticement.  I"m on their trail and I mean business.

Sorry to say but it looks as if your new house (new to you) is a haven for squirrels.

Dec 31, 2010 12:55 AM #26
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita!  Shut yore mouth.  Debbie may want her money back!!  LOL

Dec 31, 2010 01:19 AM #27
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Debbie Wantulok

No worries, Ms Barbara!  We haven't seen any flying squirrels...soooo...Hey Grandpa!  What's for supper?  Squirrel and dumplins with cornbread and greens.  Ya'll come!  Where else can you buy a house equipted with fresh meat for a year?  Call Barbara Duncan and she can hook you up!

Dec 31, 2010 01:40 AM #28
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Steven L. Smith
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Dear Godmother,

I am afraid that you and I need to teach these misguided women the benefits of co-habitation with squirrels. The photo below, part of the bosses publicity for the firm, shows one of the benefits of allowing squirrels into the attic. I am a certifried home inspector assistant and wise clients give me access to all areas of the home and they pay me for going there.

Godson Nutsy

Dec 31, 2010 03:17 AM #29
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother,

In reading back on that, I am really miffed. Why do these people imply that squirrels are for eating? That is cannibalism. Wheat is going to get very involved here if they keep this up. And they do not want to try to keep up with him when he gets angry. He is a supperstar and his voice can be heard in the back of the theater even without a microphone and amplification. He is very impressive. 

Nutsy with a pizza his mind

Dec 31, 2010 03:23 AM #30
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Godson Nutsy, I don't think you need to brag on your photo in the attic because, confidentially, there are no wires showing which might imply that you ate them all.  These two women, Debbie and Anita, are powerful when they gang up on your relatives so you may need to wire the Arkansas squirrel population to avoid certain houses and certainly not to drink any seemingly free refreshments!

Godmoma Barbara

Dec 31, 2010 03:48 AM #31
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother,

I may just forget about their flagrant disregard for the well-being of others. I am trying to talk the boss into taking me on the Mexico vacation again this year. You may recall that they left me home from Italy last time and I got stuck having to give advice to Mr Charles on an hourly basis as he wrung his hands.

Godson

 

Dec 31, 2010 07:54 AM #32
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Anita Fuller

Dear Nutsy:  I"m thinking it was a Freudian slip when you referred to Wheatloaf as a SUPPERSTAR!

Dec 31, 2010 08:44 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
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Ms Anita,

No, I truly is a supper star. There have only been a few....Elvis, the Beatles and now me, Wheatloaf, supper star

Wheat

 

Jan 04, 2011 10:32 AM #34
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, ignore Wheat.  He's an impudent upstart.

Jan 04, 2011 01:33 PM #35
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