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Arkansas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 16, 2020

 
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 64 of them have entries in this database. In Arkansas we have discovered historical markers in 129 cities and towns lying in 131 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Arkansas? There are least 746 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 742 historical markers and 76 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 788 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another four historical markers in Arkansas that we donít 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.

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 December 29, 2019, and titled Boone County War Memorial. It is in Harrison in Boone 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 Categories
323 • Civil War
105 • Settlements and Settlers
89 • Waterways and Vessels
77 • Industry and Commerce
65 • Notable Buildings
65 • Man-Made Features
59 • Government and Politics
58 • Patriots and Patriotism
46 • Native Americans
39 • African Americans
    ... and more ...

Arkansans donít 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 Waró323 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 105 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War category 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 December 28, 2019, and titled Boone County Confederate Memorial. It had been erected in 1986 in Harrison in Boone County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War category that we have listed was erected in 1886. It was Pea Ridge, was found near Garfield in Benton County on September 12, 2010.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Arkansas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Benton County, with 110 of them. It is followed by Phillips County with 94 markers. The Bella Vista area of Benton County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 37. In Phillips County the area with the most markers, 93, is Helena.

Historical Markers in These
Arkansas Counties
110 • Benton County
94 • Phillips County
70 • Pulaski County
52 • Sebastian County
46 • Washington County
40 • Carroll County
36 • Garland County
32 • Mississippi County
23 • Arkansas County
16 • Boone County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Arkansas with the most markers we again find Helena at the top of the list with 93 markers in or near it. It is followed by Fort Smith in Sebastian County with 52 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 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 50 markers. (72901 is assigned to Fort Smith AR.)

Historical Markers Near These
Arkansas Cities and Towns
93 • Helena
52 • Fort Smith
47 • Little Rock
39 • Eureka Springs
37 • Bella Vista
35 • Hot Springs
33 • Garfield
30 • Osceola
21 • Fayetteville
21 • Prairie Grove
    ... and more ...

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 October 7, 2017, and is titled Frisco Depot, in Bentonville. 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 Mark Hilton, October 23, 2019
Latest Entry from Arkansas
“Boone County War Memorial”

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 162 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

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Arkansas have been marked with history. Check out Conway County, Bradley County and Baxter 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 youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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