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Arkansas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on December 3, 2022

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Arkansas ranks 37th 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 all of them have entries in this database. In Arkansas we have discovered historical markers in 191 cities and towns lying in 198 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 1,189 historical markers in Arkansas, by our count. We have cataloged 1,182 historical markers and 137 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,279 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another seven 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 29, 2022, and titled The Lonoke Depot. It is in Lonoke in Lonoke 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
414 • Civil War
169 • Settlements and Settlers
158 • Industry and Commerce
141 • Waterways and Vessels
112 • Architecture
94 • Government and Politics
69 • Native Americans
68 • Patriots and Patriotism
62 • World War II
58 • Railroads and Streetcars
    ... 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—414 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 169 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 November 29, 2022, and titled Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery. It had been erected near Cabot in Lonoke 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 Eureka Springs in Carroll County. It is Law Offices of F.O. Butt.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Arkansas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Pulaski County, with 181 of them. It is followed by Benton County with 112 markers. The Little Rock area of Pulaski County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 141. In Benton County the area with the most markers, 37, is Bella Vista.

Historical Markers in These
Arkansas Counties
181 • Pulaski County
112 • Benton County
95 • Garland County
94 • Phillips County
72 • Sebastian County
49 • Washington County
47 • Randolph County
43 • Carroll County
42 • Mississippi County
34 • Arkansas County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Arkansas with the most markers we again find Little Rock at the top of the list with 141 markers in or near it. It is followed by Hot Springs in Garland County with 94 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 71901 at the top of the list with 94 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 71901 is assigned to Hot Springs National Park AR including the Blue Springs, Central City, Euclid Heights, Fountain Lake, H Spg Nat Pk, Hot Springs, Hot Springs National, HS, Lakeside, Mountain Valley, Mt Valley, Oaklawn, Ozark Lithia, Piney, Pleasant Hill, Price, and Red Oak delivery areas.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 72342 with 93 markers. (72342 is assigned to Helena AR.)

Historical Markers Near These
Arkansas Cities and Towns
141 • Little Rock
94 • Hot Springs
93 • Helena
71 • Fort Smith
39 • Eureka Springs
37 • Bella Vista
33 • Garfield
33 • Pocahontas
31 • Osceola
28 • Jacksonville
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Pulaski County, the first marker added to the database from there, Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock, was added January 26, 2010. It was erected in 2009 in Little Rock. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 29, 2022, and is titled The Defense of the Ford, in Jacksonville. The earliest marker erected in Pulaski County that we have listed was erected in 1910. It was In Loving Remembrance of the Confederate Women of Arkansas, found in Little Rock on October 8, 2020.

Latest entry from Arkansas. Click to go there
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 6, 2022
Latest Entry from Arkansas
“The Lonoke Depot”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Hot Springs. The first: Hollywood Cemetery, was added December 12, 2012. It had been erected in 1998. The last: The Majestic Hotel added on November 24, 2022. It had been erected in 2012. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1932: DeSoto Camp, added on April 11, 2021.

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 234 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, Calhoun 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!

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Dec. 3, 2022