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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.

On This Day in History
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Lost Valley State Park


Initial land acquired for the park.

Petit Jean State Park


District Commander Lt. Col. William J. Connolly scored the camp and named it first in the state. Capt J. D. Treece is the company commander. The camp would next be judged by Lt. Col. Forrest E. Wiliford, adjutant to the 7th corp district commander in Omaha for outstanding in the eight state district. (Morrilton Democrat)