Friend Kat Robinson has a big post on her Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism blog about an outing to the Historic Dyess Colony, a heritage site and future tourist attraction that is to open to the public in August. She has lots of pictures and background on the work Arkansas State University has done to preserve the boyhood home of Johnny Cash as well as other historic places in the region.

The Dyess project includes a renovated administration building and the home where the Cash daily lived. Several members of the Cash family were on hand for the officials’ tour.

Dyess was a WPA project to provide homes for homesteading farmers. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas can fill you in.