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|Lots of memories stem from 'big woods'|
The hardwood timber once stretched for miles. The most magnificent scenery in the country disappeared to make way for the new crop called soybeans.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, you could leave Monroe, ride all the way to the Mississippi River Bridge, and all that you would have seen along old Hay. 80 was hardwood timber. Now you can take the same drive and you have a few acres of woods here and there, except for the areas that are designated as wildlife refuges. Today you can see soybeans, cotton, and corn crops, but the big woods have been gone for years.
Some of my best memories took place in those big woods. Daddy, my oldest brother Devone and I hunted these woods during the time our daddy was the head football coach at Tallulah High School. I even remember some of the names of the people who owned a lot of land in this area.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.