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
Petit Jean State Park

Governor Elect Carl Bailey and his wife spent the previous week relaxing at Petit Jean where he was recuperating from the election. It was reported that he was visiting relatives in Missouri so he would not be besieged with political advisors and job seekers. Bailey was the Attorney General and the chairman of the State Parks Commission. (Morrilton Democrat)

Jacksonport State Park

A motion was made to build courthouse, motion denied unanimously. Source: County Court Record Book “A”, Page 395,entry dated august 27, 1855.