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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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Herman Davis State Park


The Herman Davis Monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1925, which Governor Thomas Jefferson Terral proclaimed as Herman Davis Memorial Day in Arkansas. Services were conducted in Blytheville and at the monument site in Manila. The soldier’s remains were moved from a nearby cemetery to the base of the new memorial.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


Confederate General Thomas Hindman took command and proclaimed he would “drive out the invader or perish.”