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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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Petit Jean State Park


Gov Futrell declined to move $5000 from AGFC to the APC so that Petit Jean can purchase 160 acres of land. This refusal made the NPS consider moving the camp on April 1, since the lake could not be completed without the land. (Morrilton Democrat)

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


Union General Herron’s two divisions left Springfield, Mo. Heading for Arkansas.