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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On This Day

in State
Parks History
1/31/2010
Jacksonport State Park

Mary Woods No. 2 – Sank on Sunday morning, January 31st, 2010. The Mary Woods sank as a result of the Mary Woods resting lower in the water from a 6” snowfall . This caused the Mary Woods to sit lower in the water where an normally above the water line inlet pipe was now under the water line. This pipe, unknown to the park staff, had a rusted hole and the Mary Woods steel hull began to take on water and over time sank during the overnight hours of January 30th and morning hours of January 31st.