This National Historic Landmark at the junction of Lee, Monroe and Phillips counties preserves the initial point from which all surveys of the property acquired from the French through the Louisiana Purchase of
The L’Anguille Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Marianna placed a granite marker at the initial point in 1926 following the discovery by two surveyors, in 1921, of the gum trees that were marked by the initial surveyors back in 1815.
As you walk along the boardwalk, you'll experience the captivating beauty and natural sounds of the surrounding swamp. Along the boardwalk, interpretive wayside exhibits tell about the Louisiana Purchase and describe the wild flora and fauna of the swamp. This headwater swamp is representative of the swamplands that were common in eastern Arkansas before the vast bottomlands were drained and cleared for farming and commercial purposes.
The Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree Program was established in 1997 to create an appreciation for historic trees in Arkansas. Some trees have cultural significance, while others are important in ecological history, such as the cypress/tupelo community at Louisiana Purchase State Park. A committee of landscape, forestry, and historic preservation specialists determine trees eligible for listing. For further information, visit: www.arhistorictrees.org