Collected by: Deanna Moore
Transcribed by: Doug Haynie
Arkansas Folklore Class
Told by: RK MOOre
Benton, Arkansas November 26, 1960
Reel 381; Item 26
(A Tall Tale)
"Saline River runs about two miles south of Benton. And as you get out of the hills, the Ouachita Mountains, down near the river there is a low place and a lot of bushes grow in there, button willows and so forth, and it's reputed to be bars and pits of all kinds and soft sand. Nobody can walk across it cause it would probably mean they would go plumb out of sight. Everybody has had some kind of old big tale that they tell about being down there. But one of the best ones that I ever heard, my uncle* one day coming in talking about it. And he said that while he was walking along the edge of the soft material he noticed something unusual out there. It was dark and jumping a- round and he got his extention till he got him a long pole ana prised and prized on it and finally he prized it alose. And to his surprise what should fly off but a buzzard's shadow that had been barred up there for days.
*Uncle Johnny Moore, now around his late seventies in years,
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