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With years of trekking the Ozarks almost daily, Kevin Middleton of Jasper will share his love of outdoor adventure and his stunning photography as Guest Speaker at the Baxter County Historical Society at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 25. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room of the Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County.
Kevin Middleton is a retired Park Ranger from the Buffalo National River. He has served the last 3 years in the upper district of the Buffalo from the Steel Creek Ranger Station. He has extensive experience at the Buffalo having floated and hiked there beginning in the 1970’s. He was also a caver and logged countless hours exploring, mapping, and doing research in our underground world.
Middleton specializes in the history of the Buffalo area. His favorite thing to do is find old roads in the wilderness and follow them to forgotten old homesteads. Last season he led tours to the old Boxley Grist Mill, Beaver Jim Villines’ historic homestead at Ponca, the old mining ghost town at Rush and the Parker Hickman Homestead at Erbie, dating from 1848.
In retirement, Kevin continues to explore the Buffalo spending 4 or 5 days a week hiking and bushwhacking through her backcountry. Hiking in all seasons, he’s also gifted at capturing the beautiful scenes and unique features of the outdoors and will be sharing his stories and photography at the meeting.
The meetings of the Baxter County Historical Society are free and open to the public. Please note that the Library has COVID protocols in effect, including limiting participation in meeting rooms to 27 people with social distancing. Face coverings are optional, but encouraged.
For more information call the Society at 870-425-2551.Submitted by David Benedict, President — 870-736-4800