April 21, 2018

OnlyInArk.com Celebrates Four Years

Sometimes friends and customers ask why First Security Bank has a blog that’s not about banking. It’s a good question!

You see – First Security Bank loves serving people in Arkansas. We love living and working in Arkansas. For this reason, we are Only In Arkansas. And we love to celebrate it.

4th Anniversary OnlyInArk.com

We started OnlyInArk.com on April 21, 2014, with the hope that we could spread the good news about Arkansas. We wanted to tell the stories you may not see anywhere else – great stories of places to visit, events to attend, restaurants to enjoy, and businesses unique to our state. We have covered everything from digging crystals to card factories and rugby teams. Some of my favorites feature Arkansans making products and differences in our communities.

With over 1,700 stories and 4.5 million page views, we think there is something for everyone to enjoy. Today we share some of the most-read and most-loved stories from the last four years about our favorite subject – Arkansas.


Unique Arkansas Getaways

Unique Arkansas Getaways – Julie Kohl wrote the most-read story in OnlyInArk.com history back in April 2015. It has been read nearly 200,000 times so far.

Coolest Arkansas Airbnbs by Tim Reilly

Adventure to the Little Grand Canyon by Melissa Beck

20 Absolutely Free Arkansas Attractions by Brittany Lee

Yurts of the Natural State by Jeanetta Darley

Dispersed Camping in Arkansas by Mel Lockuff


Top 8 Flea Markets in Northwest Arkansas by Laurie Marshall

Favorite Places for Arkansas Weddings by The Park Wife

Breathing Life into Wilson, Arkansas by Talya Tate Boerner

American Greetings in Osceola by Talya Tate Boerner

120-Foot Homemade Water Slide Entertains Year After Year by Kelcie Huffstickler

Natural State

Signal Trees

Arkansas Signal Trees by Kimberly Mitchell

Digging Crystals by Julie Kohl

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Baked Salmon in Foil

The Ozark Chinquapin Tree: Reviving a Native by Laurie Marshall

Bears in Arkansas and Alligators in Arkansas by Kimberly Mitchell

Arkansas Cotton by Talya Tate Boerner


Shiloh: A Flood of Memories Under the Water by Jeanetta Darley

Underground Eureka Springs: Where Basements Have Basements by Liz Harrell

Orphan Train Riders by Kimberly Mitchell

Arkansas Outlaws by Liz Harrell

Unknown Baby Girl: In Death, She Belongs to All of Us by Julie Kohl


Cathead Biscuits

Chocolate Gravy by Adria English

Arkansas Hospital Does Ramen Right by Kevin Shalin

Dannie’s Cafe: Delicious Food on an Arkansas Backroad by Melissa Beck

12 Places for the Best Ice Cream in Arkansas by Mel Lockuff

10 Favorite Appetizers in Little Rock by Kevin Shalin


If there is an interesting story about Arkansas you think we should cover, please let me know! You can contact me here.

Thank you so much for joining us on this journey. We are just getting started.


Kristi Thurmon

Kristi was born and raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling with her husband and son. She loves reading and learning about a wide variety of topics, drinking pumpkin spice lattes and watching her son play football. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com and social media at First Security Bank.