|City/Town: • Langley|
|Location Class: • Commercial • Government • Cemetery|
|Year Built: • N/A|
|Year Abandoned: • 2010|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson|
Some want Albert Pike site open for overnight use.
by THV 11 on August 28th, 2014
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) – A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use.
Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campground since 2010, when 20 people died in powerful flash flood after the Little Missouri River rose more than 20 feet in less than four hours.
The site is now open during daylight hours but not for overnight camping. It’s owned by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Daily Siftings Herald reports a rally has been scheduled for Saturday morning at the campground in Montgomery County. Supporters say the campground has fallen into disrepair and that expanding its use will draw more visitors to the site.
The U.S. Forest Service didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.
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At least 16 campers killed in Arkansas flash flood
At least 16 people, including some children, were killed Friday after flash floods swept through their remote Arkansas campsites following a heavy rain, according to Gov. Mike Beebe.
About 60 campers were rescued by emergency workers, another two dozen hospitalized, the Associated Press reported, citing authorities. Dozens more are still missing and feared dead.
“About one-thirty, two in the morning, we started hearing children and women screaming and crying,” said Crystel Hofer, who was asleep in her cabin when the water came raging through. “So we went to the door and opened the door and they were trying to come up the hill to where our cabin was to escape the rising water.”