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
2/28/1977
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Act 310 (Sponsor Representative Bobby Newman) of State of Arkansas 71st General Assembly passed establishing the Arkansas Oil Museum, under the direction of the Arkansas Arts and Humanities Office. Act 310 levies an additional tax of five mills (5/10ths of 1¢) per barrel of oil produced in Arkansas to be used for the operation of said institution.

2/28/1974
Davidsonville Historic State Park

Old Davidsonville State Park’s courthouse monument is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2/28/1935
Petit Jean State Park

Bill approved by legislature to include the road to Petit Jean from Hwy 9 as a state highway. The bill was introduced by Representative Shelby “Tubby” Mitchell of Morrilton. This also means that the state park commission can now tell the Dept of Interior that the park is accessible year round. (Morrilton Democrat)

2/28/1907
Historic Washington State Park

A tornado came through Washington destroying several homes and businesses.