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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, courtesy of the Fort Smith Museum of History.


The Arkansas River Valley Regional Library

501 N. Front Street

Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834



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

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