Missouri Bootheel

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

On this day, June 4, 1812, the Missouri Territory is created. What’s the story behind our border with the “Show Me State?” After the Missouri Territory was established, the territorial legislature of Missouri created Arkansas County for all the land between Louisiana and approximately thi... Read More

What's in a Name? Osceola

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 01, 2015

What’s in a name? Osceola is located in northeastern Mississippi County on the Mississippi River, approximately 50 miles upriver from Memphis. In 1830, William Bard Edrington and John Price Edrington bartered with Indians and took possession of a small group of huts along the Mississippi Rive... Read More

William Savin Fulton

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, May 28, 2015

On this day in 1795, William Savin Fulton was born to Irish-born David and Maryland native Elizabeth Fulton. Owing to his mother’s wealth, Fulton was provided with a formal education in 1803 and attended Baltimore College in 1813 before practicing law in 1817.  Fulton served as a cor... Read More

Creativity Arkansas: Higgins Bond

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, May 28, 2015

From the Creativity Arkansas Collection: “Frederick Douglass,” pencil on illustration board, is by Higgins Bond. This piece is part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creativity Arkansas Collection, acquired in 2014. The collection began in 2008 and showcases artwork created by Afri... Read More

On This Day: Chester Ashley Returns

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On this day in 1848, a steamboat named Cotton Plant brings the body of Chester Ashley back to Little Rock for burial. Ashley (1791–1848) was prominent in territorial and antebellum Arkansas. He was involved in the dispute over ownership of the site of Little Rock, the ... Read More

Selden/Scott Duel

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 Judge Match: On this day in 1824, a game of ‘whist’ in Arkansas Post gets heated. In a game of whist, Judge Joseph Selden contradicted a lady player’s account of the score and Judge Andrew Scott, who was also playing, demanded an apology from Selden on behalf of the lady. Selde... Read More

Inventor McDermott

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here’s more about Charles M. McDermott (1808–1884), a medical doctor, minister, plantation owner, Greek scholar, charter member of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and inventor. His patented inventions include an iron wedge, iron hoe, a cotton-picking machine, and a “flying machine.”... Read More

The Great Red River Raft

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have you ever heard of the Great Raft on the Red River? It took the Freeman-Custis crew 14 days to maneuver around it. What was it exactly? The Great Raft was an impressive mess—a gigantic logjam, or a series of “rafts,” on the Red River in present day Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.&nbs... Read More

Historic Places: Bedford Brown Bethell House

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Historic Places: Built in 1912-13, the Bedford Brown Bethell House in Des Arc, Prairie County, has been called one of the most elegant old homes in the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas.  Bedford Brown Bethell, the original owner, was born August 23, 1846, in Tulip Ridge.  In th... Read More

Arkansas's National Landmarks: Eaker Site

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Arkansas’s National Landmarks: The Eaker Site is a large, prehistoric archaeological site located near Blytheville in Mississippi County. The area was designated as a National Historic Landmark on June 19, 1996. The Eaker Site, located on land that was formerly Eaker Air Force ... Read More