“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Oil Trough is just a wee little town situated on a bend in the White River in Arkansas where time seems to stand still.
Who knows who all has graced it’s banks in the past. Early accounts say it was a favorite of French frontiersman, a place where game was plentiful. The bear made their dens in the limestone cliffs across the river and hunters would store that bear oil in troughs, hence its name. That bear oil was then transferred down river to New Orleans.
The rich and fertile bottoms on the south side of the river were settled as early as 1817.