From the Preface—
A story that ran in the Pittsburgh Press on June 24, 1946 stated that, after a week in the forest, Kathryn was found….seven air miles, and 600 feet higher in elevation than the spot where she’d first gone missing. To reach that point, experts confirm Kathryn would have had to undergo a 20-mile trek across zigzagging trails and up very rough terrain—without shoes. The area where Kathryn was found had been already been searched by rescuers—twice—by air and on the ground.
“I called Kathryn’s name and she walked out of a small cave dressed in her bathing suit and announced calmly, ‘Here I am.’”
– The student who found Kathryn
“I wondered if Neolithic people felt uneasy when they walked these trails? In 1977 I couldn’t shake the feeling someone was behind me. It was unnerving.”
– Terry Lovelace
Devils Den State Park in Northwestern Arkansas is a beautiful place. Folks who love the outdoors can appreciate its near perfection. But, beneath the scenic forests and limestone outcroppings there lies a mystery. People from Devils Den go missing. A lot of people. Those missing souls go somewhere. The mystery is where?
Devils Den is considered cursed ground by local Native Americans. Caddo and Cahinno tribes treat the land with measured deference and have done so as far back as anyone can recall. I wondered if Neolithic people felt uneasy when they walked these trails? In 1977 I couldn’t shake the feeling someone was behind me. It was unnerving.
The Butterfield Trail that runs through the park is named after the Butterfield Stage Coach Line. The line operated from 1857 until hostilities between the States broke out in 1861. Horse-drawn coaches departed from hubs in St. Louis and Memphis…
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