Monday, March 12, 2018

Popeye The Sailor in Arkansas

Remember Popeye the Sailor Man? Alma, Arkansas does and it erected a statue of everyone's favorite sailor to prove it. If you're a big Popeye fan, you can also check out the spinach can water tower that proclaims Alma the spinach capital of the world. The spinach can is found off U.S. 71 North and also proudly sports Popeye the Sailor man.

The first Popeye statue was built in 1987 out of paper mache and fiberglass. Tourists in cars and buses would stop by to see it, laugh and leave. Residents of Alma were a bit embarrassed by it all so they decided to either get rid of the statue or make it into something to be proud of. After much discussion and debate, paper mache Popeye was retired in 2007 and replaced with the bronze statue and fountain now in Alma's town square. The original statue is in a store called Kustom Kaps right up the street.

Why all the Popeye love in Alma? Alma is the home of Allen's Canning Company, which cans spinach. They are also home to the annual Spinach Festival held the 3rd weekend each April.

To see Popeye for yourself like Lil Dude Troll did, take exit 12 on I-40 and go south on US 71. Go through the traffic light, bear left, then turn right onto Fayetteville Ave./Hwy 162 into downtown. The Park is near the end of town, on the right.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pickles Gap Troll

Yes, Pickles Gap is a real place. Located just outside of Conway, Arkansas, the Pickles Gap name comes from the legend of a German immigrant who was crossing the creek which runs alongside the shopping village when he accidentally overturned his wagon which was full of wooden barrels containing pickles. All of the barrels split apart on the rocks in the streambed. Pickles were found downstream for weeks afterwards and the creek smelled of pickle juice for longer than that.

Along with a motorcycle shop, a church and a few houses, there is a little outdoor shopping village with several interesting antique shops, a candy store which also sells jams and sauces, a cafĂ© that is open on weekends, a gun & knife shop and a print shop. Farm animals roam the grounds and you can buy feed for little trolls like Friar Tuck to feed the animals!

Antique shops

Th Pickin' Porch - guitars and musical
instruments of all kind