“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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The Town of Blakeley Marker at Washington Square. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, April 6, 2019
The Town of Blakeley Marker at Washington Square.
1 Alabama, Baldwin County, Blakeley — The Town of Blakeley
Blakeley was once one of the largest cities in Alabama. Envisioned by its founders as a rival to Mobile as a regional trading center, the town thrived briefly before a combination of factors brought about its decline. Today the site of the city is . . . Map (db m131864) HM
2 Alabama, Baldwin County, Gulf Shores — Post Hospital Complex
On February 28, 1899, the U.S. Army completed construction of the post Hospital for the garrison of Fort Morgan. At a cost of $7,500.00, the original structure consisted of a two story modern medical facility that was heated by mineral oil. Due . . . Map (db m116935) HM
3 Alabama, Baldwin County, Orange Beach — Perdido Pass
Before 1906, Perdido Pass was located three miles east of today's Pass. It was all a part of Point Ornocor with a short river at its end curving to the west. The pass was narrow and very dangerous. Alabama Point and Ono Island did not exist. . . . Map (db m122442) HM
4 Alabama, Barbour County, Eufaula — Fire Bell from B. Young Fire Company
This bell sounded the fire alarm to call firefighters to duty circa 1880Map (db m224214) HM
5 Alabama, Bibb County, Brent — Proven by Tempest: City of Brent — Founded in 1898, Forever Changed on May 27, 1973
The City of Brent was founded in 1898 in the southern portion of Bibb County along the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Rail line. The town was named after Mr. Brent H. Armstrong, a surveyor for the railroad. Brent was later incorporated in 1913. The . . . Map (db m217202) HM
6 Alabama, Cherokee County, Leesburg — Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway
Completed in 1891 as the Chattanooga Southern Railway, the line ran 91.7 miles from Chattanooga to Gadsden. It was re-organized as the TA&G in 1911. From 1922 until 1951, the "scooter" motor car handled passenger service on the line. The railroad . . . Map (db m114744) HM
7 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Thomasville's Early History
Side 1 In the summer of 1887, a notice was published confirming that the route for the Mobile and West Alabama Railroad would be the Choctaw Corner route. Soon the sounds of building could be heard over the swamp that was the . . . Map (db m101601) HM
8 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Judge Charles Womble — (1818-1876)
Born in Tennessee on October 22, 1818, Charles Womble was the son of Amos and Sarah (Jarman) Womble. By 1850, Womble owned a farm near the town of Frankfort, which he helped select as the new seat of government for Franklin County, Alabama. Involved . . . Map (db m192076) HM
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9 Alabama, Cullman County, Cullman — Bent But Not Broken
A tribute to the citizens of Cullman County for bending, but not breaking, following the EF4 tornado on April 27, 2011. Dedicated: April 27, 2013 Designed by: Cullman City Street Dept.Map (db m101094) HM
10 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — High Water Mark — 57 Feet 11 Inches — (12 Feet 11 Inches Above Flood Stage) —
April 8, 1938 On this day, the Coosa River rose to this level at this location after heavy rainfall over the Coosa River basin. For more information, contact: National Weather Service Birmingham, Alabama . . . Map (db m123857) HM
11 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Impact Crater
The ridges located here are the remnants of a six-mile diameter circular feature created some 85 million years ago by an estimated 1,000-foot diameter asteroid. The area at the time of impact was a shallow sea. The ridges consist of a variety of . . . Map (db m67939) HM
12 Alabama, Etowah County, Rainbow City — Old Harmony Cemetery
In the summer of 1784 William Jones and his two young sons were among a group of families from Georgia making their way through this area following the Old High Town Path. They camped here near a large spring and planned to continue their journey . . . Map (db m156371) HM
13 Alabama, Franklin County, Russellville — Ascension
In Memory of the 27 Franklin County Citizens Who Perished in the Tornados of April 27, 2011 Berry, Donna Renee • Black, Nila & Zan Reese • Cotham, Jeffrey Dewight • Cox, Jack • Crochet, Charlene • Gentry, Donald & Prtricia Ann • Heaps, . . . Map (db m235835) HM
14 Alabama, Houston County, Cowarts — Cowarts Baptist Church / Cowarts School
(Front): Cowarts Baptist Church Cowarts Baptist Church was founded in 1885 when dissension arose in the Congregation of Smyrna. Originally located beside the cemetery, the church was destroyed by fire during the 1890s. It was rebuilt . . . Map (db m64865) HM
15 Alabama, Jackson County, Stevenson — Flight 800 Memorial
Early on the morning of Wednesday, July 17, 1996 —hearts and minds overflowing with excitement for the journey— five of our friends, neighbors and kinfolk, left Stevenson, Alabama, bound for Paris, France. That evening, at . . . Map (db m108799) HM
16 Alabama, Lauderdale County, Florence — Driven Up The Waters — Natchez Trace Parkway
The Trail of Tears led groups of Cherokee up the Tennessee River here. The Cherokee are one of southeastern tribes who were relocated to Oklahoma due to the US Indian removal policy in the 1830s. During removal, most Cherokee went by land, but . . . Map (db m107267) HM
17 Alabama, Lauderdale County, Waterloo — Waterloo — Settled 1819~Incorporated 1832
One of Alabama's oldest incorporated towns. Waterloo was an important Tennessee river port during the steamboat era. In low~water season after large boats from Louisville, Cincinnati and other places downriver unloaded here: smaller craft . . . Map (db m84302) HM
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18 Alabama, Lawrence County, Oakville — Town of Oakville
Based on the large number of local mounds and artifacts, this site shows evidence of Indian occupation over 2000 years ago. According to tradition about 1780, Oakville became a Cherokee town located on Black Warriors' Path. By the early 1820's, . . . Map (db m36036) HM
19 Alabama, Lee County, Auburn — Founders' Oak
This post oak started growth in 1850 and was 6 years old when East Alabama Male College was established. It was 33 years old when the Alabama Agricultural Station was established, 91 when the nation entered World War II, and over 100 when this site . . . Map (db m74430) HM
20 Alabama, Limestone County, Athens — East Side of Square
Left, top: Athens citizens celebrated the unveiling of the first Confederate monument in 1909. Due to objections to the bowed head, which suggested defeat, a second statue was ordered. Left, center: Watermelon rinds litter the . . . Map (db m154206) HM
21 Alabama, Limestone County, French Mill — Limestone County Tornado Memorial
Primary marker The bricks in these walls were once part of the homes of Limestone Countians. Each one represents a dream, and the loss of that dream on April 27, 2011, when seven tornadoes hit Limestone County and 62 struck in Alabama, . . . Map (db m72495) HM
22 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — FIRE! — Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Fire Protection Shed in front of you was used to store equipment such as hoses, fire extinguishers, and tools for fighting fires. Fire was always a danger at the airfield because of the flammable materials used in airplanes and the fuels . . . Map (db m64364) HM
23 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — Grissom • White • Chaffee — Date of Incident: January 27, 1967 • Intended Launch Date: February 21, 1967 — "Fire in the Cockpit!" —
These were among the last words from Apollo 1. On January 27, 1967, the first scheduled Apollo flight, Apollo/Saturn 204, was undergoing routine launch pad tests. Soon after the crew was sealed inside the command module, a deadly fire exploded . . . Map (db m85495) HM
24 Alabama, Marion County, Guin — City of Guin, Alabama: The Early Years / The Storms of 1974
City of Guin, Alabama: The Early Years In 1889, Dr. Jeremiah Guin gave land to the Kansas City, Missouri & Birmingham Railroad to allow completion of its Memphis to Birmingham railway. The rails connected at Dr. Guin's farm, about Ό . . . Map (db m96796) HM
25 Alabama, Marshall County, Guntersville — Faith • Strength • Hope • Service
Dedicated to those who lost their lives and to the commitment by the communities in Marshall County to survive and recover from the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that produced 15 tornados, caused 5 deaths, 47 injuries, and did 30 million dollars . . . Map (db m235562) HM
26 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — L'Arbre de Pau
The Tree of Pau Presented to the people of Mobile from their sister city, Pau, France. Symbolic of the restoration after Hurricane Frederic 1979.Map (db m86439) HM
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27 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Protestant Children's Home
This building was erected in 1845 by the Protestant Orphans Asylum Society, to care for children left homeless after the disastrous fires and yellow fever epidemics of the 1830s. It has operated continuously since that time.Map (db m111293) HM
28 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — The Little Colt — Little Colt of Cσrdoba — (Potro de Cσrdoba) —
(2010 marker inscription) Damaged in 1979 during Hurricane Frederic, The Little Colt was basically lost to the city until 2001 when it was retrieved from a private warehouse. The Wayne D. McRae Philanthropic Fund provided funding to Main . . . Map (db m154239) HM
29 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Augusta and the Old Augusta Cemetery — Circa 1819
Augusta, home of Old Augusta Cemetery, was built on the site of a former Indian village, “Sawanogi,” on high ground close to the Tallapoosa River. In 1824 a disastrous flood swept over the plateau, invading shops and residences. A year . . . Map (db m68260) HM
30 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Old Elam Baptist Church
Organized on June 19, 1819, by Rev. James McLemore, Electious Thompson, Arnold Edwards, and E. Jeter, Old Elam is one of Montgomery's earliest Baptist churches. It began with fourteen members and was one of the four original churches that comprised . . . Map (db m111373) HM
31 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Old Decatur Historic District / Old State Bank
The Old Decatur Historic District dates Back to the Town's settlement in 1817; at that time it was called Rhodes Ferry Landing after Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry across the Tennessee River. In 1820, President . . . Map (db m103225) HM WM
32 Alabama, Morgan County, Vinemont — The "Katy-Did" Crash
Eight U.S. Army Air Corps officers and enlisted men were killed one-fourth mile east of here near the Roundtop Community on Sunday, April 9, 1944, at 2:20 p.m. when their B-26C Martin Marauder bomber, nicknamed the “Katy-Did”, crashed . . . Map (db m80562) HM
33 Alabama, Perry County, Marion — South College Barracks Fire of 1924
Erected By The Cadet Corps 1923-1924 Cadets Jefferson Bryant Meharg and Lawrence Christopher Olsen who lost their lives in the burning of college barracks March 17, 1924 "Greater love hath no man than this, . . . Map (db m116917) HM
34 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Harmony Graveyard — Shelby County
This site began as the burying ground for Harmony Presbyterian Church, the first church built in the area that would become Helena. The earliest marked grave is Jones Griffin (died 1836), one of Andrew Jackson's Tennessee volunteers who was credited . . . Map (db m76237) HM
35 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Helena Freight House & Depot
The South and North Alabama Railroad Company constructed the Helena Freight House & Depot about 1872 while repairing damage inflicted by Union raiders in 1865. The original location of the structure was just north of the present railroad . . . Map (db m76262) HM
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36 Alabama, Shelby County, Helena — Helena, Alabama
Side 1 At a crossroads, one mile south of Helena, a post office called Cove was established in 1849 and renamed Hillsboro in 1857. During the Civil War the South & North Railroad (the Louisville & Nashville Railroad) was constructed to . . . Map (db m76243) HM
37 Alabama, Tallapoosa County, Alexander City — First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church was organized March 2, 1893. The church was made up of 17 members at the home of Robert Clinton Sandlin, who was installed as the First Ruling Elder. The church constructed their 1st building on this site in 1895. The . . . Map (db m28548) HM
38 Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa — April 2011 Tornado Outbreak — City of Tuscaloosa
In April 2011, one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the history of Alabama left an unprecedented path of destruction through the City of Tuscaloosa. On the street corners and in the neighborhoods, thousands of citizens transformed . . . Map (db m217166) HM
39 Alaska, Anchorage — 1964 Earthquake
This cabin was part of the original Portage town site. The small coastal towns of Girdwood and Portage located on Turnagain Arm were destroyed in the 1964 earthquake. Girdwood was later relocated a few miles inland, while Portage, which subsided . . . Map (db m70719) HM
40 Alaska, Anchorage — Measuring the Magnitude of Damage
Measuring the Magnitude of Damage The Good Friday Earthquake destroyed or severely restricted all forms of transportation, utilities and communications over a large part of south-central Alaska. Communications and Utilities The . . . Map (db m69766) HM
41 Alaska, Anchorage — The Earth Did Quake
“And, behold … The earth did quake and the rocks rent;” Matthew 27:51 A description of the first Good Friday The gruesome dance of the earth finally stopped, leaving much of downtown Anchorage in ruins. In four . . . Map (db m69795) HM
42 Alaska, Anchorage — Tsunami!
More devastating than the Good Friday Earthquake itself, the seismic sea waves or tsunamis, that followed caused the major loss of life and property in Alaska. Tsunamis are generated by the sudden upward movement of the seafloor along the . . . Map (db m69769) HM
43 Alaska, Anchorage — Turnagain Heights Slide
You are standing on the edge of the Turnagain Heights Slide, the largest and most destructive landslide in Anchorage. Ninety seconds into the Good Friday Earthquake, an 8,000-foot strip of bluff, 1,200 feet wide began cracking apart into . . . Map (db m69770) HM
44 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Cape Saint Elias
Facing the open Gulf of Alaska, Cape Saint Elias lighthouse stands on Kayak Island, where in 1741, Russian voyagers first set foot on North American soil. The Cape's bald pinnacle serves as a key landmark in daylight. The light provides guidance at . . . Map (db m181632) HM
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45 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap
Scotch Cap and Cape Sarichef lighthouses mark the north and south entrances to Unimak Pass in the Aleutian Islands. Both sites were declared to be too isolated for family life. Scotch Cap was the first light on Alaska's outside coast and is the . . . Map (db m181636) HM
46 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Eldred Rock
Eldred Rock is the oldest original lighthouse still standing in Alaska. It is a two-story building topped by a light tower. The ground floor was built of reinforced concrete, the first time that material was used for a lighthouse facing Alaska's . . . Map (db m181635) HM
47 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Five Finger
Southeast Five Finger was the first name given this lighthouse site due to its location on the southeastern-most island of the Five Finger Islands group. The original, wood boathouse and carpenter shop remain. A keeper thawing frozen water pipes . . . Map (db m181645) HM
48 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Juneau Remembers: — Sea & Sky: Juneau's Links to the World
Will Rogers & Wiley Post. Wiley Post was a famed aviator who, in 1935, flew into Juneau with Will Rogers, a humorist much loved by the American public. The two friends were on a private adventure trip in Post's plane. After spending several days in . . . Map (db m181846) HM
49 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — Sentinel Island
Sentinel Island Lighthouse guards the entrance to Favorite Channel, linking Lynn Canal to Juneau's Auke Bay. The original, wood frame structures included a keeper's house with an attached light tower and out-buildings, including a wharf and . . . Map (db m181644) HM
50 Alaska, Juneau Borough, Juneau, Downtown Juneau — USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial — 'Lest We Forget'
Center Marker Panel: [Rendering of the cruiser USS Juneau(CL-52)] 'Lest We Forget' The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal was as ferocious and decisive as any battle of World War II. It was not won cheaply. The night action of Friday . . . Map (db m77160) WM
51 Alaska, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Ketchikan — Trials by Fire — Frontier, flames and fortitude
Our fire department: From buckets to pumpers Ketchikan Fire Department started in 1900 with a bucket brigade. You were a member if you had a bucket and could carry it full of water. Such rudimentary protection was inadequate in a bustling . . . Map (db m181985) HM
52 Alaska, Sitka Borough, Sitka — St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Saint Michael's Cathedral, a National Historic Landmark, is the central point of interest in historic downtown Sitka and is recognizable statewide as the most prominent symbol of the Russian colonial presence in Alaska. It was the main edifice of a . . . Map (db m181574) HM
53 Alaska, Skagway, Dyea — Events Leading to the Shipwreck — Princess Sophia 1912-1918
Skagway was the starting point for the fateful voyage of the SS Princess Sophia on Oct. 23, 1918. After the arrival of the last train of Yukoners bound for southern ports, the Sophi left Skagway a few hours late. This delay was the start of a . . . Map (db m248857) HM
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54 Alaska, Skagway, Dyea — SS Princess Sophia Memorial — Princess Sophia 1912-1918 —
In memory of the more than 350 people lost on the SS Princess Sophia, on October 25, 1918. On October 23, 1918, the Princess Sophia left Skagway, bound for Juneau. One of the final outbound ships of the year, the October sailing marked one . . . Map (db m248856) HM
55 Arizona, Apache County, St. Johns — Lyman Dam — On The Colorado River
The original dam at this site was destroyed in the spring floods of April, 1915. With the loss of eight lives and severe damage to farmlands. It was rebuilt with loans from the state of Arizona.Map (db m136234) HM
56 Arizona, Coconino County, Flagstaff — 1956 Plane Crash Mass Grave and Memorial
On June 30, 1956, a TWA Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided over the Grand Canyon. The 123 passengers and crew members aboard both aircraft perished. This site is a common burial and memorial to 66 of the 70 TWA passengers and . . . Map (db m154949) HM
57 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — 1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site
1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This tragic accident site represents a watershed moment in the modernization of America's airways leading to the establishment of . . . Map (db m81861) HM
58 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon Village — Tragedy Remembered — TWA-United Airlines Accident — Grand Canyon —
Catastrophe can happen even in spectacular beauty. When technological achievements and human actions fail, disasters may happen. On June 30, 1956, a United Airlines DC-7 and a TWA Super Constellation maneuvered around towering cumulus clouds on . . . Map (db m124533) HM
59 Arizona, Coconino County, Marble Canyon — Lewis Nez
Lewis Nez, born 1900 of the To’di’chi’i’nii (Bitter Water) Clan. He married twice, first to Fannie and second to Bessie Betoney. He had ten children. He was employed by the Cedar Ridge Trading Post. He was responsible for hauling supplies, U.S. . . . Map (db m189731) HM
60 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Grand Canyon Lodge — Grand Canyon National Park
When Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919, the North Rim was scarcely developed. While the South Rim had grand hotels and many visitor programs and services, the hard-to-reach North Rim had only rustic tent cabins for 40 guests. The National . . . Map (db m163289) HM
61 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt — Grand Canyon National Park
A fire consumed the main lodge building at the height of the Great Depression. The September 1, 1932, fire claimed no lives but left only stones. For four years the ruins of the Grand Canyon Lodge stood undisturbed, silhouetted eerily against a . . . Map (db m163553) HM
62 Arizona, Coconino County, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument — Changes to Come
Buried under Sunset Crater's lava and cinders are perhaps dozens of pithouses. Those excavated revealed few artifacts; even building timbers had been removed. This suggests people had ample warning of the impending eruption. The changed . . . Map (db m41693) HM
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63 Arizona, Coconino County, Walnut Canyon National Monument — A Time of Change
When a volcanic eruption occurred near what is now Flagstaff, Arizona, people lost homes and lands they had cultivated for at least 400 years. A major life events for locals, the eruption was also visible to large population centers across the . . . Map (db m61325) HM
64 Arizona, Gila County, Globe — Globe Mine Rescue Station
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1919Map (db m67462) HM
65 Arizona, Gila County, Payson — The Dude Fire
On June 25, 1990 a lightning caused fire entrapped ten members of the Perryville fire crew in this canyon. Resulting in six fatalities. Before the fire was contained it had burned more than 24,000 acres and destroyed over 70 structures. This . . . Map (db m28210) HM
66 Arizona, Gila County, Payson — The Great 1970 Rim Country Flood Disaster
The deadliest natural disaster in Arizona history occurred over Labor Day weekend in 1970 when a tropical storm named Norma swept north into Arizona and turned deadly releasing a downpour of heavy rain. One weather station measured nearly 12 . . . Map (db m157859) HM
67 Arizona, Gila County, Payson — These Trees Planted in Memory of the Firefighters Who Died in the Dude Fire June 26, 1990
These Trees Planted in Memory of the Firefighters Who Died in the Dude Fire June 26, 1990 Sandra J. Bachman • Joseph Chacon • Alex S. Contreras • James L. Denny • James E. Ellis • Curtis E. SpringfieldMap (db m28211) HM
68 Arizona, Navajo County, Lakeside — Rodeo-Chediski Fire — June 18th 2002 – July 7 2002
The White Mountain communities dedicate this memorial to the courageous men and women who voluntarily put themselves in harm's way to protect from imminent destruction by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. By the Grace of God, and through the . . . Map (db m36745) HM
69 Arizona, Pima County, Summerhaven — Lemmon Rock Lookout Tower — Coronado National Forest
Lemmon Rock Lookout Tower was erected in 1928. It is the oldest lookout still in use on the Forest. This general locale has been used as a fire lookout since the Coronado Forest Reserve was established in 1902. The current lookout structure was . . . Map (db m55554) HM
70 Arizona, Pinal County, Florence — Bear Down
Near this site on the evening of October 3, 1926, John "Button" Salmon, student body president and quarterback of the University of Arizona football team, was critically injured in a car accident while returning from a weekend in Phoenix with two . . . Map (db m26664) HM
71 Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Madera Canyon — Boy Scout Memorial
Troop 301 and Venture Crew 301 cautions you to Be Prepared before you hike to the summit. In memory of the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts lost on November 15, 1958 David Greenberg – 12 years old Mike . . . Map (db m73898) HM
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72 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Our Creeks are Alive!
The Water Table By March of 1881, fire wells like this one were hand-dug on the four corners of the Courthouse Plaza. At the time, the water table was high enough to allow bucketing of water for fire emergencies. These wells were abandoned . . . Map (db m157663) HM
73 Arizona, Yavapai County, Prescott — Prescott
Prescott, Yavapai County Seat, founded 1864 on Granite Creek, source of Placer gold. Named for William Hickling Prescott, Historian, first Gov. JN. N. Goodwin, Appointee of Abraham Lincoln. Established first territorial capital of Arizona here. At . . . Map (db m18805) HM
74 Arizona, Yuma County, Yuma — Yuma East Wetlands — The Colorado River Before the Dams
The Natural Setting The river supported pristine cottonwood / willow gallery forests, mesquite bosques, wetlands, inter-tidal salt flats, and lakes dependent on annual floods for existence. The area yielded a rich harvest of seasonal wild . . . Map (db m158377) HM
75 Arizona, Yuma County, Yuma — Yuma Territorial Prison — Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
The concrete slabs before you are all that remain of an early adobe structure. Originally, this building was where prisoners were processed, ate meals, and received medical attention. Later it housed offices, storerooms, barbershop and the two cells . . . Map (db m158297) HM
76 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Bayou Meto — 17 — Bayou Meto Schoolhouse
Listed in the Arkansas Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Bayou Meto Schoolhouse is one of the last remaining historic school buildings in the area. The first Bayou Meto school was established in 1875, within the Pampas School District. It . . . Map (db m178030) HM
77 Arkansas, Arkansas County, St. Charles — St. Charles Battle Monument
[Northeast face] Officers and men killed on the U.S.S. Mound City {List of 124 dead} [Northwest face] Near this spot, on June 17, 1862, a decisive engagement was fought between the Conf- ederates entrenched and the . . . Map (db m108071) WM
78 Arkansas, Benton County, Bella Vista — The Terrible Cost of World War II
SACRIFICE: In 1939 the active United States military totaled 335,000, and during the conflict more than 16 million men and women had served. Tens of millions of men and women throughout the world were in military service in other nations of . . . Map (db m91985) HM
79 Arkansas, Benton County, Bella Vista — War on Terrorism
The paradox of power is that a weaker nation will seek help from a stronger nation to resolve a problem, then hate the stronger nation because the weaker nation could not solve the problem themselves. Though it was not realized at the time, . . . Map (db m92254) HM WM
80 Arkansas, Benton County, Lowell — Original Site of Bloomington (Mudtown) Arkansas
Mar. 20, 1839 Trail of Tears Mar. 8, 1847 Robinson's Crossroads First Post Office Feb. 5, 1858 Name changed to Bloomington Sept. 18, 1858 Butterfield Stage Stop to 1861 Dec. 9, 1862 Civil War Skirmishes Aug. 24, 1864 "Camp Mudtown" Mar. 9, 1881 . . . Map (db m33712) HM
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81 Arkansas, Boone County, Harrison — C-21 — Boone County Caravan Spring
Near this spring, in September 1857, gathered a caravan of 150 men, women and children, who here began the ill-fated journey to California. The entire party, with the exception of seventeen small children, was massacred at Mountain Meadows, . . . Map (db m225305) HM
82 Arkansas, Boone County, Harrison — Mountain Meadows Massacre – The Attack
In early September, 1857, the train arrived in a valley known as Mountain Meadows in southwestern Utah. Beginning early on the morning of September 7, the emigrants' camp was attacked by a group of Mormon militiamen and some Paiute Indians whom the . . . Map (db m225250) HM
83 Arkansas, Boone County, Harrison — Mountain Meadows Massacre – The Journey
Modern historical research has yielded information which was not readily available to those who designed the 1955 monument. Here is presented updated information and a modified more accurate map of the emigrants' route. Dedicated . . . Map (db m225248) HM
84 Arkansas, Boone County, Harrison — Mountain Meadows Massacre – The Victims
In memory of those who were killed in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, in September of 1857. Dedicated in 2020. Modern historical research has yielded information which was not readily available to those who designed the 1955 monument. . . . Map (db m225251) HM
85 Arkansas, Boone County, Harrison — The First National Bank of Berryville
It is the former location of Hammerschmidt Lumber Co. and the First National Bank. It is now home of the Harrison flood of May 1961 mural (located inside) hand painted by Louis Fruend. This historic event commanded both national and international . . . Map (db m141869) HM
86 Arkansas, Carroll County, Alpena — The Mountain Meadows Massacre
In early April 1857, a large wagon train known as the Fancher-Baker train left Caravan Spring (south of Harrison) and headed for California. They camped at this site en route to intercept the Cherokee trail at the Grand Saline in Indian territory. . . . Map (db m225245) HM
87 Arkansas, Clark County, Arkadelphia — Hollywood Methodist Church
As settlers began arriving in this area around 1812, the need for religious services became a top priority among the residents. Brush arbor meetings were held every summer. Soon a log structure was built along the creek that marked the beginning of . . . Map (db m184576) HM
88 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Rhodes Storefronts — Circa 1925 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
One of the city's biggest fires occurred in the early 1900's when a series of businesses in frame buildings on the east side of Court Street were destroyed by fire. Volunteer firefighters brought water from Harvard yards by train to help . . . Map (db m116545) HM
89 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — 62 — The Sultana Tragedy
On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River. She was heading north, dangerously overloaded with some 2,200 passengers, most of them freed Union prisoners of war from the Andersonville and Cahaba camps. A . . . Map (db m116352) HM
90 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — The Loss of the Sultana
Early on April 27, 1865, the overcrowded steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Marion, Arkansas. The vast majority of the Sultana's passengers, believed to number over 2000, were Federal soldiers, recently released . . . Map (db m116356) HM
91 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — The Sinking of the Sultana — The Worst Maritime Disaster In United States History
News of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 overshadowed the tragedy of the Sultana, which happened two weeks later. The actual number of casualties from the SS Sultana is unknown, but some estimates are as high as 1,800. . . . Map (db m242015) HM
92 Arkansas, Cross County, Parkin — The Flood of 1912
The flood of 1912 was the greatest disaster ever suffered by Parkin. Breaks in the St. Francis and Mississippi levees covered the land and into our homes from 4 to 30 feet in depth in April and part remained until summer. Most of the people fled to . . . Map (db m234421) HM
93 Arkansas, Desha County, Kelso — Old Town of Napoleon —
This important river port, county seat of Desha County from 1838 to 1874, was located 24 miles east at the junction of the Arkansas River with the Mississippi. The town was finally abandoned after most of it washed into the Mississippi River.Map (db m107758) HM
94 Arkansas, Faulkner County, Conway — Cherokee Memorial
Following is a partial list of persons who died and were buried at Cadron. They perished from cholera while being relocated by the Army in 1834. Graves were marked with native stones with no inscriptions. Some of the Indians had adopted . . . Map (db m96643) HM
95 Arkansas, Garland County, Hot Springs — Hot Springs Flood of 1923 — Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District —
Major floods have occurred periodically in downtown Hot Springs. The Flood of 1923 was the most severe. Torrents of water swept huge sheets of asphalt off Central Avenue. The water also shattered storefronts and carried automobiles as if they . . . Map (db m211179) HM
96 Arkansas, Garland County, Hot Springs — Hot Springs' Major Fires — Hot Springs Central Avenue Historic District —
Major fires have raged through Hot Springs on three occasions. The fire of 1878 destroyed almost 100 buildings, including the major portion of the business district. The fire of 1905 destroyed 25 blocks of the city's southern section. The . . . Map (db m211170) HM
97 Arkansas, Grant County, Sheridan — American Legion B-17 Veterans Memorial Park
On March 12, 1943 a B-17 Flying Fortress exploded mid-air while trying to land in the field on the West side of this road. The B-17 replica marks the site where the Flying Fortress came to rest. Over the years the gray monument marking the crash . . . Map (db m227739) HM WM
98 Arkansas, Lincoln County, Gould, Auburn Township — 14 — South Bend Plantation
(side 1) The first tracts of South Bend Plantation, originally known as the Jordan Place, were purchased in 1840 by Dr. John Augustus Jordan. In 1852, Jordan and Irene Johnson married and built a stately southern Georgian mansion on the . . . Map (db m210445) HM
99 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Etowah — Joseph Allen Sisco
In loving memory of my brother Joseph Allen Sisco Technical Sergeant AF1412 1721 Nov. 11, 1922 – Aug. 20, 1948 Son of Brownie and Daisy (Swift) Sisco Brother to Earl, Clara, Lee, Sue, Anna and Mary Lou Joe was born and raised in . . . Map (db m221255) WM
100 Arkansas, Monroe County, Clarendon — Clarendon
Known as "Mouth of Cache" 1799-1837, Clarendon by 1828 had a post office and ferry and was the crossing for the Memphis to Little Rock Military Road. The town became Monroe County seat in 1857 and was incorporated two years later. Destroyed by Union . . . Map (db m155262) HM

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