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
6/30/2002
Devil's Den State Park

“Iron Mike” statue commemorating the park’s CCC heritage is dedicated. At the time, it was the 14th such statue in the nation. It is one of two in Arkansas. The other is located in Petit Jean State Park.

6/30/1939
Petit Jean State Park

A total of 82,706 people have visited the park since June 30, 1939. Attendance records from 1936 to 1939 show attendance has increased materially each year as more people heard of the area and more facilities were opened. During the summer season of 1939 the lodge and cabins were filled to capacity. (Arkansas State Planning Board Report, 1940)

6/30/1937
Petit Jean State Park

End of the fiscal year. Park attendance was reported as 47,262 for the year. (2nd annual Arkansas State Parks Commission Report)