Situated in Pope County,
Arkansas, Booger Hollow was
once a popular tourist attraction along the
Byway. Though it is a "ghost
attraction" today -- closed and abandoned, it's still worth a stop for
its interesting photo opportunities, especially the main attraction --
Though many Arkansans would love to rid themselves of
the hillbilly stereotype, places such as Booger Hollow and Dogpatch,
USA to the north, perpetuated the theme. Though both are closed today,
there are others such as a new "hollow" attraction -- Chiggar Hollow
to the south, and others throughout the state. And why not, it's fun.
(holler) is a narrow valley between hills and mountains, and there is
actually a place called Booger Hollow, located about ten miles south
of the old tourist attraction. So
how did this all come about? The word "Booger” is derived from the old
Welsh word "Bwg,” which meant "to scare." Eventually, the word
evolved into "Boo,” "Bogus, and "Booger,” with slightly different
meanings, but all of which indicated something frightening or unknown.
Kathy Weiser, October, 2007.
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Such was the case in the
early 1800’s when the road from Harrison,
ran through the Bull Frog Valley to the site of where the geographic site
of Booger Hollow stands
today. On either side of the hollow were two cemeteries, leading the
locals to believe the area might be haunted by those long dead. The name
stuck and has forever since been known as "Booger Hollow.”
Interestingly, there are other "Booger Hollows," or ghost valleys in
other states including Tennessee and Kentucky. Additionally, the town
of Boozeville, Georgia was once known as Booger Hollow.
In 1961, the Booger
Hollow Trading Post was established and though it was not actually on the
original site of the hollow, it took the name. In fact, the trading
post is situated on a mountain top some ten miles away, only added to its
quirkiness. For more than forty years, the attraction operated
enticing visitors along with highway with multiple road signs
announcing the distance to the attraction -
"Booger Hollow Ten Miles," "Booger Hollow Nine Miles," etc.
Upon arrival a sign welcomed visitors that stated Booger Hollow was
home to only seven people and
a coon dog.
post consisted of the trading post, which featured loads of hillbilly
themed knick-knacks, hand-crafted items, antiques, and local simple-life goods like honey and
sorghum and lye soap. It also once held a post office and sold bait.
Next door was a restaurant called the Chuckwagon, that featured items
such as the boogerburger, boogerdog, and other hillbilly fare.
On the other side of the trading post was a small store that sold
main attraction was and is the two story
was added as a prop to entice travelers along the scenic highway to stop
at the trading post. The lower
level is practical, but the upper facility is perpetually closed, with
a sign on the front indicating "upstairs closed til we figure out plummin." This ingenious idea worked and continues to
lure sight-seeing tourists to today. The tourist stop claimed its main
attraction was the "World's
in actuality, Booger Hollow has had to share this dubious distinction with
several other locations, including
Illinois; Silver City,
and a number of others
around the country. However, this two story privy may very well be the
best, at least in terms of photo opportunities. Just the name
"Booger Hollow” is enough to make this tourist stomp the brakes and
make a screeching halt while traveling along
In 2004 the Booger Hollow Trading Post was
sold. However, since that time, it has never reopened. It is
located along Scenic Byway 7 north of Dover,
of America, August, 2011.