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Scouts unearth buried culture

Lonoke Cub Scouts Pack 103
Lonoke Cub Scouts Pack 103

Lonoke is filled with centuries upon centuries of culture. All somone has to do is walk around.

The Cub Scouts from Lonoke Pack 103 took their exploring out to the Fletcher Farm this fall to look for arrow heads. A number of scouts found some arrow heads, daily Native American tools, with original settler’s pottery. The scout loved toiling through the ground, picking up dirt and pieces of glass and pottery to see what they discovered.

Early this year the scouts were invited to tour the Lonoke County Museum before any one else and let them know what they thought of the new realistic museum that is now equipped with sounds and some scouts even thought smells from the early settler days of Lonoke. They found out Lonoke had from 650-1050 AD Native Americans in the area were called the Plum Bayoo Indians.

They were the ones who formed the Toltec Mounds. After that Lonoke had the Quapaw, Osage, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee tribes. They traveled through the territory crossing the Bayou Meto South Area.

Settlers finally started forming in the early 1840 at Brownsville which was the county seat during the Civil War but latter in 1860’s things moved from Brownsville to Lonoke. By going through the County Museum you get to see how the town looked like, what people wore, what their daily routine was like. People get to hear the sound of the trains, animal sounds, and daily life sounds as in horse and buggy going across the road, hearing anvil sounds and such.

The kids thought they would enjoy the simple life and how it seemed exciting to them. Until they were told there was no actual electricity and they would not have their TV or electronic games, then they decided they would stick to living in Lonoke during the modern times. For your own cultural experience you don’t have to get one’s hands dirty like the scouts, but just go visit Scott, the Toltec Mounds, Lonoke County Museum or Military Road, which all are just a few miles away.

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