Mount Magazine History
Bernard de la Harpe made the first recorded journey up the Arkansas River. He was possibly the first European to see Mount Magazine.
The first garrison was established at Fort Smith.
Thomas Nuttall explored the Arkansas River, illustrating Pinnacle Mountain, Mount Nebo, and Arkansas plants and wildlife, and describing the Europeans and Native Americans he encountered. He left us an excellent description of territorial Arkansas. Nuttall drew a map of the area and labeled what we now call Mount Magazine as "Cassette".
An act of Congress granted right-of-way land to a railroad company which included Mount Magazine.
1861-1865 During the Civil War men living in the Petit Jean River Valley occasionally hid out on Snake Knob, on the southern side of Mount Magazine, from bushwhackers and Union troops.
T.M.C. Birmingham settled on the western part of the mountain near what is now called Dripping Springs.
Benjamin H. Benefield was granted land on the southeastern leg of the mountain.
Friedrich August Morsbach received his homestead certificate, signed by President Grover Cleveland, for land on the northeastern leg of the mountain.
Charles C. Brown was granted land near what is now called Brown Spring. Albert Morsbach purchased 80 acres on what is now Mossback Ridge from a railroad company for $2.50 per acre.
Will P. Greenfield and his mother establish a home at what is now the Greenfield Picnic Area.
Albert Morsbach, 40, and Serena Walker, 30, were married. Wilhelmina Ida Morsbach, Albert’s sister, 35, was married to A.B. Lozier, 38. Friedrich Morsbach’s wife, Anna Barbara, died.
Friedrich Morsbach, 69, married Rebecca Kuykendall, 49. Serena Morsbach died during child birth.
Albert Morsbach married Susannah Wilson Houston.
O.M. Ellsworth registered a plot for the Town of Mount Magazine on the western end of the mountain. The Skycrest Inn and a dance pavilion were constructed.
Friedrich Morsbach moved off the mountaintop to Corley, five miles north. He died later that year.
Chalmers Ferguson settled just off the western end of Mount Magazine. P.W. Clark bought the Skycrest Inn from J.F. Holden.
Gertrude Greenfield was married to Tony Brown.
Manda Corder, mother of Mrs. Will P. Greenfield, was buried near Serena Morsbach on the northern slope of Mossback Ridge.
Tony Brown was the teacher of the Summer Home School when it burned.
Eleven children attended school in a cabin east of the present day Visitor Center.
T.B. Buckman settled near McGuire Spring.
Albert Morsbach moved away from Mount Magazine.
Five children attended school.
Erma Greenfield taught the last term of the Summer Home School before it consolidated with Magazine District 15.
Logan Anglin was killed by lightening.
The U.S. Resettlement Administration began buying land considered submarginal for farming.
The last family on the mountaintop, the Greenfields, was forced to move off the mountain by the Resettlement Administration.
Crews from the Works Progress Administration started building a road from Havana to Paris.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt transferred the Magazine Project from the Farm Security Administration to the Ouachita National Forest.
On April 28th a large celebration was held near what was the Benefield homestead to pay homage to the government work projects which provided much needed jobs in the area. Approximately 5,000 people in 850 automobiles ascended the recently completed road from Havana to Paris.
At least seven of 18 cabins were completed by this year.
Construction on the lodge started in May.
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Lodge dedicated at Mount Magazine
The Magazine Mountain Project became part of the Ozark National Forest.
In October a plane crashed at the eastern end of the mountain killing two men.
On November 17th a B-25 bomber crashed at the eastern end of Mount Magazine, within yards of the 1945 crash, killing six men.
An Air Force air traffic control tower was moved to the western tip of the mountain for use in transmission programs by KFSA TV-5 of Fort Smith.
Blacktopping of the Mount Magazine road was completed.
Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive was opened.
The Mount Magazine Lodge burned on February 3rd.
A feasibility study was done to see if the mountaintop should be a state park.
Representative Willems wrote a resolution to put the mountain in the state park system.
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism began negotiations with the U.S. Forest Service to lease the top of the mountain.
Act 884 signed to create the park.
A Special Use Permit was issued by the U.S. Forest Service to the Department of Parks and Tourism
An Environmental Impact Statement was completed and is used as guidelines on park development.
The state legislature gives Parks & Tourism money for water improvements.
A revised Special Use Permit is issued by the U.S. Forest Service.
Improvements were started to supply the mountaintop with a reliable water supply.
The first Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival was held on July 31st – August 2nd.
David Flugrad becomes first superintendent at Mount Magazine State Park.
Initial land acquired for the park, lands leased from USDA Forest Service.
The Special Use Permit was signed on March 4 by Lynn C. Neff, Forest Supervisor for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.
Richard Davies, Executive Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, and Greg Butts, Director of Arkansas State Parks, signed the special use permit making Mount Magazine an official Arkansas State Park.
Construction started on new roads, utilities, picnic facilities, campgrounds, maintenance facilities, and Visitor Center.
An act to amend the Arkansas code to provide for the construction and financing of a lodge and cabin complex was passed.
The remodeled campground opened on Memorial Day weekend.
The new Visitor Center opened
Exhibits were installed in the visitor center.
Governor Mike Huckabee officially dedicated Mount Magazine State Park.
Construction on the new lodge started in February.
Governor Mike Huckabee presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the new lodge and cabins.
The new Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park officially opened.
Governor Mike Huckabee presided over the dedication ceremony for the new lodge and cabins.
Mark Stump launched his hang glider from Mount Magazine and flew 178 miles to Bolivar, Missouri setting a distance record for hang gliders in Arkansas.