Paris Arkansas

Paris In Civil War History

If you love history and Civil War history especially, then make plans to visit Paris, Arkansas this summer where the Haguewood Prairie Battle was fiercely fought between the Confederate and Union armies. Here is a new story release sure to whet your history appetite!

The Arkansas River Valley has had a very busy and productive year of commemoration of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial.  During the past year, we have held commemorative events in Dardanelle, Fort Smith, and Van Buren and have dedicated a battlefield and monument at Haguewood Prairie near Paris.  A monument dedication for the city of Waldron is planned for May. 

During the coming year, units in the Arkansas River Valley will be honoring the memory of Arkansas’s First Congressional Medal of Honor winner.  First Sergeant William Elise of Company K, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and bravery above and beyond the call of duty of January 14, 1865, at Dardanelle, Arkansas. Haguewood

Elise enlisted in the Union Army at Little Rock, Arkansas. He is representative of the large number of Arkansans (one Arkansan in five who fought in the war did so wearing the Union blue) who did not favor secession.

In January of 1865 the Confederates sent a detachment of troops under Colonel William H. Brooks to harass Union steamboats traveling on the Arkansas River between Little Rock and Fort Smith. To stop the Confederate attack the Union commander at Lewisburg, Colonel Abraham H. Ryan, sent Major James D. Jenks with 276 men to occupy Dardanelle and contest control of the south bank of the Arkansas River.

At 10 a.m. on January 14, 1865, Brooks with 1,500 men attacked the Union forces entrenched on the outskirts of the town and a fierce four-hour battle was waged. In the end Colonel Brooks was unable to overcome the Union defenders of the town and was forced to retreat.

Haguewood MonumentDuring the battle Elise held his position even after receiving three wounds and would not withdraw for medical attention until he received a fourth wound and was ordered to retire by his commanding officer.

The memorial above can be seen on the State Capitol grounds and Dardanelle has erected a memorial near Dardanelle Rock.  A short drive west up highway 22 to Paris will bring you to the Haguewood Prairie Memorial and Monument.  This beautiful rainbow stone memorial was placed during Paris Frontier Days and commemorates the a battle that occurred near the site on September 27, 1863.

News Submission by Curtis Varnell, PhD.

34TH Annual Frontier Day Festival

Mark your calendars! FRONTIER DAY IS SATURDAY, OCT. 5. Spend the day in beautiful Paris, Arkansas and experience true home town Americana.

The 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival will be located at the Logan County Fairgrounds at 144 Airport Industrial Park and E. Highway 22

The Paris Chamber of Commerce released the event schedule and general information. LOTS to do and a whole day to do it in. Plan to come out~ ‘Where Yesterday Meets Today for a Day’



Every year on the first Saturday in October, Paris hosts the Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival. The event is a day full of entertainment, contests, and lots and lots of fun. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to dress in Frontier appropriate attire and participate in this fun filled old fashion celebration of our pioneer heritage! For more information, contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-963-2244 or

We would like to invite you to join us Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Paris on the courthouse square and at the Logan County Fairgrounds, for our 34th  Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival.

The festivities begin at 9am with the annual Frontier Day  Parade which begins at Cloyes Gear and travels East on Highway 22 to 5th street then the square fills up with antique and classic cars for the Annual Antique & Classic Car Show **on the courthouse square this year** 

Opening Ceremonies will be at 10am at the Logan County Fairgrounds with the dedication of the Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle Historical Marker.

From 10AM-5PM, the day is packed with arts & craft & food vendors, old fashioned games and contests with prizes to the winners.

A Sesquicentennial Civil War Observance with Civil War cannon & musket fire demonstrations, a battle re-enactment, Civil War encampment. 

A pioneer dress contest will be held for men, women & children, along with events like the annual Box Turtle Race, Log Sawing, Nail Driving & Hay Bale Tossing. 

There will be live musical entertainment on the stage inside the Main Exhibit Hall.  Activities for the children are also highlighted throughout the day with old fashioned make and take crafts and educational programs in the Civil War Exhibit area.

The  CASA of the Tri-Peaks,  Logan County 4-H Clubs and the Rural Fire Departments will be hosting a fantasticKIDZ Zone from 10AM-5PM with many FREE or low expense activities.

The Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild will have a quilt show held inside the main exhibit hall at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 10-5.

The Miss Mt. Magazine Pageant will top off the fun packed day and will be held at the Middle School Auditorium at 602 North 10th at 5 pm.

Mt Magazine Offers New Summertime Activity

Mt. Magazine’s, Brandy Oliver, Park Interpreter reports the park is starting a new activity to encourage people in surrounding communities to get out, get together, and enjoy what the park has to offer. ‘One Sunday every month, we are having a “Picnic in the Park” afternoon.’ says Oliver.

Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch to join in games and nature programs at the Greenfield Picnic Pavilion. The first one will be June 2, at 12:30. All picnic times are from 12:30 – 3p.m.

The dates are June 2

July 14

Aug. 11

Sept. 22

Oct. 27

Mark your calendars for these summertime fun in the sun times.

Area Schools Teaming Up For Civil War Reenactment

“The Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle”, a Student Reenactment project beginning on Monday, May the 20th, three Logan County school districts will be teaming up to allow their students to conduct a Civil War battle reenactment in full period clothing.  Working in conjunction,  Dr. Curtis Varnell of the Western Arkansas Educational Co-op and The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council was applied for and received for the “In the Shadow of the Mountains: Civil War in Arkansas” project.  Paris, Subiaco, and Scranton school districts will be involved with the staging and production.

“The Haguewood Prairie Fight” Civil War battle documentary film is chronicling the Haguewood Prairie Battle of September 27,1863 which occurred near Paris and involved 800 Confederate Troops on the way into Missouri on The Great Raid and 80 members of the First Arkansas Infantry Company H (US).   Commanding officers were Colonel Joseph Shelby & Captain “Tuck” Thorpe (Confederate Calvary) and  Captain William C. Parker (US First Arkansas Infantry Company H –  “Mountain Feds”)   The Haguewood Prairie Battle occurred in Logan County one mile northeast of the Paris Courthouse.

Students dressing in period clothing will be representing key relevant figures from either side of the conflict.  The reenactment will be held in two stages.  The first stage of the reenactment will take place in the form of the participating students being interviewed as the historical figures that they are portraying while dressed in period clothing.  The second stage of the reenactment will be filmed with the students on location at The Haguewood Prairie battlefield.

Dr. Curtis Varnell was instrumental in applying for the grant which is provided  by The Arkansas Humanities Council  and is awarded to artists, community organizations, and government entities that want to offer public humanities programs.  The grant funding also allows for the filming and subsequent video production of the entire event.  The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op has secured the services of “This Is Arkansas” team members Ray Bertram, Michael Schwarz, and Michael Johnson in conjunction with professional Little Rock-based film videographer Bob Sandufer to assist in numerous vital facets of the reenactment.  Bob Sandufer is the owner and operator of Sandefur Film & Video of Little Rock, his work is well known throughout the state of Arkansas.  The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op (along with all of the school districts involved) are very excited that he has signed on to assist in the filming of the Civil War reenactment that they are staging for their students.  Ray Bertram (of This Is Arkansas) is a resident of the Petit Jean Mountain area while both his associates involved in the project, Michael Schwarz (Oklahoma City) and Michael Johnson (Petit Jean Mountain), are filmography students at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

The documentary that will be produced around the reenactment will be shown in conjunction with this year’s annual Paris Frontier Day Festival and Haguewood Prairie Battle Historic Marker dedication scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Logan County Fairgrounds 2.5 miles east of Paris on Scenic State Highway 22.

Attention Business Owners

This article is a public service announcement that could greatly increase traffic and revenue for local businesses in your Paris. All businesses may benefit from this service.


Most people are familiar with Google Maps Street View. Google is now offering views for inside businesses. High-quality 360 degree panoramas bring out the best of a local business. Featuring the familiar Google Maps navigation and controls easily allows customers to interact and explore inside the business. Customers will get their own virtual tour of that business – walking through their space. Google Street View navigation makes it easy and intuitive for customers to see the inside of an restaurant, office or store before visiting.
Thanks, Scott Westermeier





Users of Google Maps application now will be able to navigate not only street view but search,get directions and navigate inside businesses and public buildings. How nice would it be to be able to “see” the inside of a restaurant before going there to eat or making a reservation. No more wondering about dress codes, whether they offer tables or booths and where the rest room is located. Now, thanks to Google, you can be privy to that information from the comfort of your home by simply using Google Maps application straight from your phone.



Previously, Google Maps only allowed users to view maps of outdoor spaces. Street view enabled users to view the exact location of an address while viewing the “street” view of the neighborhood.



Google now offers 360-degree Business Photos, a program that would send Google photographers to various businesses to snap professional photos of the business store front and interior



Google presents a new and exciting program for businesses! An Interactive Virtual Tour created with the popular Google Street View technology. Stand out in all Google searches – all devices – right at that crucial point in consumer decision-making.



How does it work? Google’s Maps certified photographer start outside your front entrance and begins capturing a series of 360 degree high-resolution image viewpoints, then moving inside and throughout your business. The end result is that people will find your business in a Google Search on ANY connected device (laptop, smart phone, tablet) and see a thumbnail image labeled “See


Inside”. A click on this image transports them right inside your establishment where they can walk about, look around, zoom in, etc. so that they can get a good look at the professionalism, products, or service inside your place of business. The published Street View virtual tour remains live in all Google servers permanently, and you are provided with the HTML code so that you can embed the same virtual tour right onto your own website and Facebook page.





Now Inside Your business! High-quality 360 degree panoramas bring out the best of your business. Featuring the familiar Google Maps navigation and controls easily allows your customers to interact and explore INSIDE.





A New Experience for Customers. Customers will get their own virtual tour of your business – walking through your space. Google Street View navigation makes it easy and intuitive for customers to see the inside of your store before visiting. A great way to showcase your ambiance, decor, and the unique qualities of your business.





Easy for potential customers to find. Appears directly on Google Search. Searchable on Google Maps. Prominently featured on your Google Places business listing (both mobile and desktop). Link to share on social networks, blogs, your website, email, and more.





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Cowie Winery Featered On YouTube

Congratulations to Cowie Winery!

A visitor a few years ago had stopped by Robert and Betty Kay Cowie’s Winery. He and his friend are making a documentary on Muscadine grapes.

Here is in part, a letter he recently wrote…

‘Hi, Robert, ….. It’s been few years. I’m one of the guys who came to Paris in 2007 to make a film about muscadines. I’ll bet you never thought you would hear from me again!

Well, I finally have something to share. I’m sorry it took so long. Truth be told, when Greg and I moved to different states (Tennessee, Texas) several years ago, our documentary was already 95% complete. All we lacked was the narration and some final touches in editing. Add in a few babies and several new jobs and, well, I guess we got sidetracked.

Greg and I talked it over last week and decided to release the clips we do have complete. Here is the link to the section on Cowie Wine Cellars and the Arkansas Wine Museum:’  


‘Keep Paris Beautiful’ Special Request

UPDATE! Keeping Paris Beautiful..

Keep Paris Beautiful~~Please call (963-3243) or email ( if you would like to volunteer during the Keep Paris Beautiful event as soon as possible. The event is set for Saturday, April 20th. Sign-in will begin at 7:45 am and the event should wrap-up around noonish. The projects this year will include removing graffiti, painting, planting and litter pick up. Free lunch will be provided by First National Bank at Paris. Thanks for your help!


This just in from Tonya Varnell, Director of Communications & PR, Paris School District

It’s time to start planning for our “Keep Paris Beautiful” clean up event this spring! Last year, with the help of several student groups, staff members and community leaders we were able to plant 27 trees at the Wood Street Park, clean up Veteran’s City Park, ball fields, PES and PMS campuses, fairgrounds and stretch of hwy 22 in front of fairgrounds/airport and do some landscaping work around the superintendent’s office

I would like to have more volunteers this year so we are able to complete a few more projects, maybe on a grander scale. If you would like to participate, please let me know asap. Let me know if March 30th or April 20th would work best for you. Also, please feel free to shoot me an email with any suggestions for the event! Thanks to everyone that helped out last year and I look forward to working with you to help our community look its best!

For more information, you may reach Tonya Varnell at 479-963-3243.



Paris Chamber of Commerce to Reprint City Maps

In the past Paris Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Boonville Chamber of Commerce to create Logan Co., Boonville and Paris city maps. That supply of  maps is nearly depleted from its first printing.

Coordinating efforts have begun to get the maps re-printed.  Each city will have room for ten ad spaces for sale (at $150 each),  on their portion of the map in order to pay for the re-printing.  Ad space is about 3″ wide by 2.5″ tall.   Arkansas Family Eye Care, ARVEST Bank, Ray Kiefer Automotive have already committed to the purchase of ads, getting this project off to a running start.

Members are invited to participate and submit their ads!

Deadline for ad purchase and submission of what you want on your ad (logo, address, phone, website, etc.) will be due to the Chamber office by Friday, February 15, 2013.

Electronic submission of your information is recommended with your logos please keep in mind, the current map is NOT in full color. It is in black & white and green; there is no anticipation of any color change.

Contact Linda D.  Hixson, Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce,  479-963-2244 for more information and questions.


Cowie Winery Add Historical Bells To Its Collection

Robert Cowie has been collecting large bells for four years.  He began with iron bells to be placed in his bell tower in front of the family chapel, St. Ann of the Bells, at the Cowie Winery in Paris, Arkansas.  The bells have been sand blasted and powder coated to a gold/bronze color.  The bells are named for the patron saints of the Cowie children as well as other saints and holy people.  There are presently 12 bells in the tower.  Eventually, it will be enlarged to accommodate 26 bells.

Also in the collection are four bells inside the chapel.  The first is from Spain, which is inscribed, ‘Saint Francis in the year of our Lord 1727′.

The second is from Germany which is inscribed to say, ‘Joseph Dollar made me in a monastery near Munich in 1788′.

The third bell is from Scotland, saying, ‘ I am the gift of the Duke of Argon in 1780′.

The fourth bell was cast in France at the Bolee foundry in 1866 for the cathedral of Buffalo, New York.

Robert’s oldest of his collection came from a collection in Nebraska .  It was cast in 1679 and says, ‘John the Greek made me in 1679′.  It will soon be placed upside down in the chapel and used as a holy water fount.

Cowie Bell Largest


Recently added to the collection is the largest bell (pictured here) in Arkansas:

A 61” bell from St. Joseph’s in Chicago and cast in St. Louis in 1903.  It is presently in front of the Cowie home.


Additional bells including a rare set of tube bells are stored in the warehouse at the present time.

It is Robert’s goal to create a bell museum on the South side of Highway 22 across from the winery.

Visitors can currently view many of the historical bells already on display at the Winery located at 101 N Carvon City Road,  Paris, AR. Call  479. 963. 3990 for business hours or visit



Toys for Tots Fundraiser by PHS

Paris High School is sponsoring a fundraiser for Christmas!

This year the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.

Poinsettias will be available for $10 and can be picked up at the high school in the afternoon on December 7th.

We have a goal of selling 160 plants this year, which will allow us to donate $1000 to Toys for Tots!!!