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03The Jasper Getaway offers a nightly rental in the comfort of a newly remodeled and furnished cottage in Jasper, Arkansas. If you’re planning a trip to the Ozark Mountains, stay for a night, a weekend or even longer. Conveniently located in quaint downtown, you’re only minutes away from the famous Buffalo National River, hiking trails, & rock.

Why stay in a cramped motel when you can stay in your own private cabin just a short walk from several downtown businesses, canoe/kayak rentals, restaurants, and unique shops. Visit a local, award winning, restaurant, or stay in and enjoy our fully equipped kitchen and BBQ grill.climbing.

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Jasper, Arkansas is a quaint little town located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains on Scenic Hwy 7 with antique & gift shops, cafes, canoe rentals and home to the annual Elk Festival. Stay in the middle of the Ozarks with gorgeous scenery, curvy roads and abundant wildlife.

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November 01, 2017. Part 1 of 2 ARKANSAS Jasper, Arkansas (Newton County) Jasper was established as a village along the Little Buffalo River by 1840. Today, it is the hub for outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the Buffalo National River, one of the last free-flowing waterways in the United States, and the Ozark Highland Trail. Louisiana Purchase through Early Statehood At least three different stories are told about the origin of the name Jasper. One oft-repeated legend says that Cherokee Indians traveling west on the torturous Trail of Tears gave the town its name after being surprised by the village’s warm hospitality. A second version of this same story tells of a precious ring, containing a jasper stone, given to the postmaster in gratitude for care given to the Cherokee travelers. Yet another account states that postmaster John Ross coined the name by comparing the mellow color of the local stone to jasper, one of the twelve precious stones mentioned in Revelation. Settlers began moving to the area as early as 1825, according to census records made in 1850. In 1839, Ross moved his wife and baby from Ohio to Clarksville (Johnson County), where he established a trading post on the Arkansas River. By 1843, Ross had relocated his family to Jasper, where he became the first postmaster and established another trading post. On December 14, 1842, Governor Archibald Yell signed legislation creating Newton County from land in Carroll County. Jasper became the county seat in 1843. Between 1843 and 1849, Ross served in several posts for the town, including postmaster, storekeeper, county clerk, and county judge. Civil War through the Gilded Age The Civil War brought strife to this isolated community. The county produced two famous leaders, fighting for different causes. James Vanderpool was a Union hero who returned home in August 1865. John Cecil, former sheriff of Newton County, was known for showing off his twin pearl-handled pistols he had worn as a guerrilla leader for the Confederacy. Newton County as a whole mostly supported the Union; however, in 1863, while searching for Cecil, Union troops burned Jasper to the ground and moved their sympathizers to Springfield, Missouri. After the Civil War, Jasper became a boomtown. With an abundance of timber, mainly oak (used for stave bolts) and cedar (harvested for the pencil mills), the local sawmills began hiring hundreds of men. The town grew so large that five newspapers were published during this time, including the Jasper American (1884–1900), the Newton Herald (established 1891), The Echo (1889–1890), the Jasper Sentinel (established 1891), and the Newton County Blade (established 1897). From 1880 to 1900, the U.S. Census shows that the population of Newton County grew from 6,120 to 12,538. On December 19, 1895, the residents of Jasper filed a petition to the county court to become an incorporated town. Early Twentieth Century Without any great plantations or industry in the area, the economy of Jasper was not affected by the Great Depression like the larger town of Harrison (Boone County). During the mid-1900s, Dr. William Hudson of Jasper began researching the effects of iodine on the thyroid gland. This research was instrumental in the Morton Salt Company’s decision to produce iodized salt. William P. Stiritz, former CEO of the Ralston Purina Co., was from Jasper originally. He lived in Jasper with his grandparents until the 1940s, when they moved to Harrison. World War II through the Faubus Era During World War II, Newton County voted to become a “dry” county (in which it is illegal to sell alcohol), as it remains today. The present courthouse was completed in 1942 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. In the 1950s, state Highway 7 was paved from Harrison to Jasper. Modern Era The creation of the Buffalo National River Park in 1972 increased the area’s fishing, canoeing, and camping activities and brought an influx of new residents on the wave of a “back to earth” movement. In 1998, Governor Mike Huckabee proclaimed Newton County the “Elk Capital of Arkansas.” Today, the area is enjoyed by Buffalo River tourists, elk watchers, and retirees. Locals still congregate at the Ozark Café, a Jasper tradition since 1909. Jasper has never had an African-American neighborhood, and even today, few if any black citizens live in Jasper. It does have a historic district, however, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a few farms in the area, but the primary industry is tourism. A few retirement homes have been built in recent years. Most of the Landscape Photos l have found on the Internet I take no credit for them but I love showing Arkansas's beauty pertaining to the subject.

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November is a beautiful month to visit the elk. We have just a few openings left....book soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Jasper Getaway just had a cancellation for the weekend of November 3-4. It's a beautiful time to visit Jasper! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Jasper Getaway is ready for fall, ya'll! We have added a wonderful checkers table to enjoy in the cool weather with a cup of hot chocolate. Book your stay with us at www.jaspergetaway.com ... See MoreSee Less

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