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Explore State Parks History

The State Parks of Arkansas have played important roles in the history of our state. Visit a park and walk where history happened. Explore a prehistoric, American Indian mound site that the Hernando de Soto expedition visited. Walk hallowed ground where Civil War battles raged. Stay overnight in Civilian Conservation Corps-era cabins that are a tribute to the conservation achievements and craftsmanship of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Tree Army during the New Deal. Tour historic Washington where Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston traveled before they fought for Texas independence.

Time travel through history and explore our interactive timeline below that stretches all the way back to prehistory. It is designed to reveal stories about Arkansas's heritage and help you understand how the history of Arkansas relates to your life.

On This Day in History
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Crater of Diamonds State Park


Don Hing Lo and Cecilia Cheung, of Peekskill, New York, find a 2.68-carat white teardrop-shaped diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Petit Jean State Park


Road paving is finally complete to the top of the mountain. The last part that remained was a two mile stretch at the bottom in the Arkansas River bottoms and a 1.5 mile length at the top of the mountain. (Log Cabin Democrat)