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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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Jacksonport State Park


The new Maintenance facility was completed which included a double bay, storage, office space and restroom in the maintenance building. A fenced maintenance compound, fuel tanks for unleaded gas and diesel fuel were also constructed. Source: Mark Ballard & Construction Documents. Newport Independent Article dated August 29, 1994.

Jacksonport State Park


A motion to build a county courthouse in Jacksonport finally passed. Source: County Court Record Book “B”, Page 12, entry dated August 24, 1868.