Scenes from the True Grit Trail Launch Event

Dardanelle is the beginning of the True Grit Trail. If you don't think so, just ask Tom Shay, Marshal of the True Grit Trail Posse.

On March 25, 2022, Shay wrangled state and local political leaders, tourism and fundraising experts, beer-making monks, and the brother of True Grit author Charles Portis for a standing-room only celebration to launch the first True Grit Trail exhibit of many more to come.

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The event was a great success and our profound thanks go to Wendy Wells, Branch Manager of the Arkansas River Valley Library, Dardanelle, her hard-working staff and the talented volunteers who provided the delicious food and drinks.

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Future exhibits will be announced on this page, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile here are some scenes from the first event. Images by Isabelle Berryhill and The Fort Smith Museum of History

Jonathan Portis
Jonathan Portis

Special guest, Jonathan Portis, brother of True Grit author Charles Portis shares memories. True Grit Trail posse members Bob Gray and Tom Shay look on. —FSMH

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Carolyn Joyce
Carolyn Joyce

The "First Lady of Arkansas Tourism" plans to bring tourists to Dardanelle and other towns along the True Grit Trail. —FSMH

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Matties Ross
Matties Ross

Need we say more...? —Isabelle Berryhill

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Jonathan Portis
Jonathan Portis

Special guest, Jonathan Portis, brother of True Grit author Charles Portis shares memories. True Grit Trail posse members Bob Gray and Tom Shay look on. —FSMH

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The Arkansas River Valley Regional Library

501 N. Front Street

Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834

 

479-229-4418.

Exhibits are compliments of the Yell County Historical Society and the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library system.