Backstory 49 is a fresh new multi-media experience that explores the creative vibe of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Our stories capture the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our communities to lead the way in art, commerce, outdoor recreation, culinary experiences and educational progress. These are stories of real people who are making a big impact in our hometowns. Because we live in a culturally diverse area with many opportunities to celebrate and explore, there is an enormous amount of collaboration and cooperation among our residents. This is our platform to showcase the moving parts that make it all work together.

The features published in Backstory 49 aren’t simply meant to be read; each story will be interactive and accessible by the viewer’s media of personal preference. We hope you take it in, connect with it and come away inspired by the trailblazers who are making our cities a great place to live, work and play.

We remind you that all extraordinary journeys start with a single step. The first step may not even lead in the right direction, but it’s a step worth taking. At Backstory 49, we want to share that adventurous spirit and spread it around. We are proud of the thinkers, dreamers and innovators in our area, and want you to feel the same. Enjoy the backstory.

If you want to recommend a local person or story to feature in Backstory 49, you may submit your suggestion on our website.