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.

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Crater of Diamonds State Park

Mike Ellison, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, finds the 2.18-carat Moonshine Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Petit Jean State Park

Sam Davies gives an interview with the Morrilton Democrat about the accomplishments at the park to date. By now, the VCCC 1781 has accomplished: • Approximately 10 miles of roads, including an encircling road around the entire park to be used as a fire break. • 14 miles of foot trails, combination horse and foot trails. • 10 stone, log and frame cabins have been built and used to capacity during the first season (1935) and are booked for next summer. • 10 bedroom lodge is complete and operated in the past season (1935) • Enrollees have been constructing the lodge furniture- beds, dressers, davenports, chairs, stools, light fixtures, etc. • A stone dam has been constructed forming a lake of 7 acres (Lake Roosevelt). • Combination bath house and recreation pavilion (Pavilion A) has been built on the lake. • Picnic areas with fire places and picnic tables have been developed. • Parking areas and parking overlooks have been developed. • Roads are being blended and sloped roads sodded. • Landscaping done on all the buildings. Interestingly, he does not mention the stone bridge that crosses Cedar Creek and now is know as Davies Bridge. Apparently, he considered it part of the road work. (Morrilton Democrat) Almost the same exact report appeared in the Morrilton Headlight, but it added an interesting statistic: June Out of State Cars: 86 In State: 860 Visitors: 3795 July (first half) “ “ : 103 “ “ : 602 “ “ : 2882 (July 24, 1936, Morrilton Headlight)