Trips n Treks
with Russell and others
Russell McBroom was born at Pasadena, Texas and before the age of 14 had lived in 38 states, during which, he had attended 7 elementary schools in one year.
His father was a “Punch List” inspector for Exxon and superintendent of nine other families that comprised his inspection team. With such a large contingency of peers, Russell learned quickly to adapt to new situations and to develop a yen for exploring.
It was natural for him to join the Coast Guard and become more traveled for 4 years, during which time he married his one and only bride who also had the call for exploring. Russell became adept at many skills which resulted in employment such as a foundation driller, land surveyor, hardware retailer, and maintenance operations — which he performed in most of the hotels in Eureka Springs and at many of the local lodging properties. He did a stint with the City Parks Department for a year and even taught at the University of Texas for one year.
He and his wife frequently visited Eureka Springs during the mid-80s which resulted in a number of return stays for several years where his fondness for the Ozarks was ever increased. His departures from Eureka were only induced by economic slow-downs that resulted in his taking employ elsewhere only to return again and again and finally to stay in Eureka Springs for his longest length of time once becoming general manager of the Palace Hotel and Spa in 2006.
During part of his life, for 8 years, he became self-employed, in partial retirement, during which time he and his wife became soul wanderers in quest of new adventures in seeking out nature’s wonders.
. He has a penchant for cemeteries and caves, to which he has explored many throughout the area. Some of his favorite places to bring his metal detector are the Madison County Wildlife reserve, Pension Mountain, Butler Hollow, and Lake Leatherwood where he has traveled the long lost original wagon trails that facilitated people to reach Eureka Springs and the Healing Waters during the late 1800s.
His temperament gains him satisfaction and solace as he continues weekly treks into the mountains and the hollows in finding lost trails. He regenerates in these new found footprints which disclose the early homesteads founded by the first frontier families of Gaskins, Hobbs, Brookers, Isaacs, and others.