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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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Crater of Diamonds State Park


Darrell Burkes, of West Helena, Arkansas, finds a 2.16-carat yellow diamond while surface hunting at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Plantation Agriculture Museum


Phase II construction saw the completion of the main gallery and an expansion of exhibits. The exhibits were designed to show the processes of growing cotton "from the field to the gin," and included glimpses into plantation life with a kitchen and blacksmith exhibit. The second opening was officially held September 29, 1990.

Jacksonport State Park


A second election to move the county seat to Newport passed. Source: “Newport Wins”, Arkansas Gazette, September 30, 1891. Multiple sources of Lady Elizabeth Luker’s tell of this story. Among them, her “Courthouses of Jackson County Arkansas”, and “Old Courthouse at Jacksonport”, (Page 15).