Bill Barnes, president of the Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts, and Robert Moore, a farmer and politician, were recently inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame.
Born in Wyoming in 1948, Barnes graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied hotel and restaurant management at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma, and at Forest Park College in Missouri.
Since 1971, he’s been active in the management of Mountain Harbor Resort, which his father, Hal, started in 1955 just outside of Hot Springs in Joplin (Montgomery County).
Barnes also developed and operates Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina and Self Creek Lodge & Marina. Those resorts, along with Harbor House on the River, are the Tri-Pennant Family of Resorts.
He has built and operated the largest inland marina in the Mid-South, housing approximately 1,500 boats, formed a volunteer fire department and formed a first response team for the Joplin area.
Barnes serves on the State Parks, Recreation & Travel Commission, as president of the Lake Ouachita Association and on the Arkansas Forestry Commission Boat Committee.
He has received numerous accolades, including being inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Hall of Fame in 1999.
Moore was born in Dumas in 1945 and lives in Arkansas City. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and obtained a degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.
He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and during the Vietnam War.
In 2013, Moore was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to a 10-year term on the Arkansas State Highway Commission. He has also served three terms with the Arkansas House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House for the 88th General Assembly.
Moore helped secure the National Scenic Byway recognition for Arkansas Highway 4 through Arkansas City and helped the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission acquire the 10,000 acres surrounding Arkansas City that became Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area.
He sponsored the GeoTourism Tax Credit legislation and the Historic Buildings tax credit legislation; both passed.
He worked to extend the Delta Heritage Trail from Rohwer to Arkansas City, as well. Moore helped secure funding to complete its paved levee trail and for a new scenic overview and boat ramp on the Mississippi River joining the extension of the trail.
Moore and his wife, Beverly, donated property to Arkansas City, Desha County and Arkansas State Parks for city, county and state parks. They also bought and rehabbed five historic buildings in Arkansas City that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.