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
5/27/1869
Jacksonport State Park

Col. Schnabel proposed to raise the building foundation two feet at cost of $3,890, proposal approved. Source: County Court Record Book “B”, Page 176, entry dated May 27, 1869.

5/27/1846
Historic Washington State Park

Governor Thomas S. Drew of Arkansas issued a proclamation for the state to furnish volunteer troops for the Mexican-American War and for Washington to be one of the rendezvous points for the volunteers.