Monday, February 22, 2010

Yes, there really is a Wolverton Mountain

I was surprised to learn that the Wolverton Mountain in the 1962 hit song of that name by Claude King really does exist. And it’s here in Arkansas.

The song is about Clifton Clowers, who lives on Woverton Mountain and has a pretty young daughter. But would-be suitors stay away because Clifton is “mighty handy with a gun and a knife.”

There really was a Clifton Clowers and he did live on Wolverton Mountain. He died Aug. 15, 1994 at the age of 102. The mountain is named for the Wolverton family who still live there and operate a dairy farm. The summit is 1,063 feet above sea level and the mountain is in Conway County in northwest Arkansas.

The video shows Clifton on his 101st birthday, sitting on his front porch and listening to Mike Redmond (no relation to my friend of the same name in Indiana) sing Claude King’s song.

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