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RiverCat Journal : It Started as a Five and Dime…

Posted by on February 26, 2014

Current Venue: Springdale, AR
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Visiting : Bentonville, AR

Bentonville is famous for Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.  It’s a terrific stop if you like site-seeing on a budget!  Everything you see on this page was absolutely FREE.

My first stop was the original Walton’s five and dime store.  Today it’s a museum.  I never knew much about Sam Walton.  It seems, however, that he was about the most humble man you’d ever meet.

Bentonville, Walton's Five and Dime

I love the scratches and dings on the rear fender of his truck…

Bentonville, Walton's Truck

And how, when his favorite hunting dog died, how he devoted a new brand of dog food after him…

Bentonville, dog food

Here’s Sam’s office as he left it when he died.  It’s said that he rarely spent much time here.  He preferred spending time with his employees and that there’s nothing he enjoyed more than empowering them…

Bentonville, Walton's Office

My next stop was the 21c hotel/museum.

Bentonville, Basketball

They feature a lot of “interactive art.”  Here’s one of my favorites…

The main attraction is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Wow!  This place is world-class.

Bentonville, Crystal Bridges

Bentonville, Gallery

Bentonville, tv art

Not only is the architecture and many exhibit halls impressive, but also the mere fact that they employ so many people!  It’s got to be an expensive operation to employ 30 ushers — and no admission fee?!  Mind-boggling.  Their donors must have more money than I can fathom.

Bentonville is worth another visit.  When the weather warms, I plan to spend an entire day there.


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