Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Hometown of Walmart.

City square and county courthouse in the background.

Our lunch stop.

My 6 oz. ground choice angus steak burger. Tasted as good as...

Elena ordered a chili cheese dog. It was the biggest hot dog...

Walton's original store and now the company's museum.



Current stats.

Three rooms of very nice displays.



History of the company in a nutshell on the the next few...





What an investment. That's equivalent to a 25.1% compound annual growth rate...

Walmart also has its own "air force"!


Replica of Sam's original office that was on the second floor of...

Replica of Sam's last office just before he died of cancer in...

Sam was well know for driving himself around town in this old...


President Bush awarded Sam Walton our country's highest civilian honor.


What a guy, what a life!

(Ron Writing) We awoke to a beautiful bright sunny morning. The weather has been so nice here the past few days but it is November and we need to keep moving south to stay ahead of the snow and freezing weather. Turkey Creek is a very nice Escapees Park with many shade trees, a creek running along three sides of the park, free entertainers performing in the clubhouse, and so many things to do and see within four or five miles in Branson. I think we’ll be back some day.

We left Branson heading south on US-65. Just a mile or two north of the Arkansas border we headed west on MO-86. Highway 86 is a scenic route that winds through the Ozark mountains right along the MO/AR border. It runs through the Mark Twain National Forest and along the south side of Table Rock Lake. It was a beautiful drive, however; the trees in this area have dropped nearly all their leaves so I think the fall color season is about over for us this year.

Near Eagle Rock, MO we started heading southwest on highways F, 112, and 62 to Bentonville, AR. We arrived in Bentonville around lunch time and decided to walk around the beautiful town square and see if we could find an inviting sandwich shop. The Station Cafe advertised the best burgers in northwest AR so we gave them a try. We weren’t disappointed!

After lunch we walked two doors over to the Walmart Visitor’s Center. The visitor’s center occupies Sam Walton’s original five & dime store which evolved into what is now the world’s largest retailer. The Walton’s pretty much lived the American dream of starting with nothing and through very hard work and dedication built one of the world’s greatest business success stories.

The museum chronicles his life and business career and the history of the company he created from scratch. We spent a couple hours viewing the many interesting exhibits in the museum and watching a few short videos. Many people are very critical of Walmart but we’re not among them. I have a great deal of admiration for both the company and for Sam Walton. We are grateful that they almost always allow us to park overnight in their lots and we return the favor by patronizing them to the extent possible. We purchase nearly all our groceries, other household items, and meds there. I also get haircuts and oil changes for the truck there. It’s really handy to know we will have a place to shop with plenty of space to park and find nearly everything we need in one place at what are usually the best prices available. What a company!

After leaving the museum we made a stop at the WalMart Supercenter in Rogers, AR, the town that adjoins Bentonville. This is Walmart #1 and it is definitely the nicest Walmart store we’ve seen, and we’ve seen quite a few. Everything about the layout, signage, aisle widths, neatness and general appearance was just a cut above any other store.

After buying a few groceries we drove a short distance southwest on highways 102 and 59 to Siloam Springs, AR right on the AR/OK border. We are parked at WalMart* (where else) for the night.

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