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Arkansas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on November 29, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Arkansas ranks 38th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Arkansas is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the West South Central region. Arkansas is some 53 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 3 million people. The state is divided into 75 counties and 71 of them have entries in this database. In Arkansas we have discovered historical markers in 177 cities and towns lying in 182 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 997 historical markers in Arkansas, by our count. We have cataloged 991 historical markers and 130 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,082 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another six historical markers in Arkansas that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Arkansas marker in the database, Chalk Bluff in the Civil War, was added January 22, 2008. It was photographed in St. Francis in Clay County and was erected in 1973. The last one added was submitted on November 24, 2021, and titled In Honor of our Veterans. It is in Newport in Jackson County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Arkansas was erected in 1886. It was this one: Pea Ridge, and one of our correspondents found it near Garfield in Benton County on September 12, 2010.

Arkansas Historical Topics
379 • Civil War
157 • Settlements and Settlers
130 • Industry and Commerce
126 • Waterways and Vessels
83 • Government and Politics
66 • Patriots and Patriotism
63 • Native Americans
60 • World War II
59 • Architecture
50 • Arts, Letters, Music
    ... and others ...

Arkansans don’t want to forget their Civil War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Arkansas about the Civil War—379 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 157 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War topic was also Chalk Bluff in the Civil War, added January 22, 2008. It had been erected in 1973 in St. Francis in Clay County. The last one submitted was submitted on September 8, 2021, and titled A National Cemetery System. It had been erected in Little Rock in Pulaski County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War topic that we have listed was erected in 1886. It is Pea Ridge, was found near Garfield in Benton County on September 12, 2010.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Arkansas? What we know is that Miss Laura's is the most viewed entry in the database from Arkansas since it was added in 2012. It is located in Fort Smith in Sebastian County. This year so far, the most viewed Arkansan entry is located in Little Rock in Pulaski County. It is The "Little Rock".

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Arkansas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Benton County, with 112 of them. It is followed closely by Pulaski County with 107 markers. The Bella Vista area of Benton County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 37. In Pulaski County the area with the most markers, 75, is Little Rock.

Historical Markers in These
Arkansas Counties
112 • Benton County
107 • Pulaski County
94 • Phillips County
72 • Sebastian County
48 • Garland County
48 • Washington County
44 • Randolph County
42 • Carroll County
36 • Mississippi County
29 • Arkansas County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Arkansas with the most markers we find Helena in Phillips County at the top of the list with 93 markers in or near it. And Little Rock shows up again in next place, with 75 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 72342 at the top of the list with 93 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 72342 is assigned to Helena AR.) It is followed by ZIP Code 72901 with 69 markers. (72901 is assigned to Fort Smith AR.)

Historical Markers Near These
Arkansas Cities and Towns
93 • Helena
75 • Little Rock
71 • Fort Smith
47 • Hot Springs
39 • Eureka Springs
37 • Bella Vista
33 • Garfield
31 • Osceola
30 • Pocahontas
25 • Walnut Ridge
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Benton County, the first marker added to the database from there, War Eagle Mills, was added May 31, 2009. It was erected in 1962 in War Eagle. The last one submitted was uploaded on March 4, 2021, and is titled Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad, in Gravette. The earliest marker erected in Benton County that we have listed was erected in 1886. It was Pea Ridge, found near Garfield on September 12, 2010.

Latest entry from Arkansas. Click to go there
By Thomas Smith
Latest Entry from Arkansas
“In Honor of our Veterans”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Helena. The first: Sacred Heart Academy, was added January 23, 2012. It had been erected in 1963. The last: Pippengerville added on May 1, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1891: Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, added on August 7, 2015.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is currently in charge of the familiar black with white or gold lettering official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Arkansas History Commission, a predecessor. We have 214 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Arkansas. Click to go there
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
An Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Arkansas have been marked with history. Check out Poinsett County, Lincoln County and Bradley County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Arkansas might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

Nov. 29, 2021