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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


Twelve-year-old Michael Dettlaff of Apex, North Carolina, finds a honey brown, 5.16-carat diamond in less than 10 minutes of searching at the Crater of Diamonds. He named his stone the God's Glory Diamond.

Mount Magazine State Park


The first Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival was held on July 31st – August 2nd.