Sunday, May 13, 2012

Gone too soon


Lauri is on her way home to Indiana.

We stopped in Walnut Ridge yesterday afternoon on the way home from Marshall’s Dry Goods in Batesville to show her the metal sculpture commemorating the Beatles’ whirlwind visit to Walnut Ridge.

Here’s the explanation from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas:

On September 18, 1964, the group finished a concert at Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas, and immediately boarded a plane owned and operated by Reed Pigman. (Pigman owned American Flyers Airlines out of Dallas. The Beatles chartered one of Pigman’s planes during the 1964 tour.) Pigman owned a ranch in Alton, Missouri, that would serve as a getaway before the group’s final U.S. concert of the year, which would be in New York. Before traveling to Alton, the Beatles made a brief stop in Walnut Ridge. The Walnut Ridge airport provided the ideal spot for the group to change planes before heading to Missouri. The runway was built as a training facility during World War II and could handle large aircraft. Also, the Beatles could avoid the crush of screaming fans by landing at a secluded airport at the edge of a small town.

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