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
8/30/2010
Mississippi River State Park

Berta McMahon is hired as the first office manager for the growing park.

8/30/2008
Petit Jean State Park

Iron Mike statue honoring the work of the Civilian Conservation Corp at Petit Jean State Park is dedicated during the park "Founders Day" celebration.

8/30/2000
Petit Jean State Park

Aug. 30 & 31, 2000 – The Seven Hollows Area of Petit Jean Mountain is on fire. This forest fire is fought and extinguished by 34 different volunteer fire departments and other organizations.

8/30/1958
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Mr. Frank F. Latta (Sept. 18, 1892-May, 1983) of Pescadero, San Mateo County, California gave a dedication address for the Latta House that he donated to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park at a reunion on August 30 through September 1, 1958. The house is part of the "Vineyard Village" in the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove, Washington County, Arkansas. Built by John Latta at Vineyard in 1834, the building housed the Vineyard Post Office until a new one was started at Evansville in 1836.

8/30/1934
Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean VCC camp came in second in the district after Raring River in Missouri. That was number 2 out of more than 200 camps. (Morrilton Democrat)