The Waltons' of Spencer's Mountain ....

Did you know the wonderful story of the Waltons' of Spencer's Mountain was written while the author lived near Mena?  The following story is reprinted here with special permission from Arkansas Living, the newsletter-magazine published by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.  We thank them for allowing us to share this wonderful story.

"Although he didn't know it at the time, Earl Hamner Jr. was crafting the story of an iconic family while typing away in a small cabin near Rich Mountain, in western Arkansas in the summer of 1949.""I had heard of Mena before because the famous radio comedians 'Lum and Abner' called it home," Hamner said."After checking into Mena's downtown Antler's Hotel (which he found delightful), Hamner waited for B.D. Calvery, the owner of his cabin, to pick him up the following morning.  She was a transplanted Texan who also lived on the north face of Rich Mountain, about a half of a mile from the rental."

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