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Watson in Desha County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Desha County Seat

— 1874 - 1880 —

 
 
Desha County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
1. Desha County Seat Marker
Inscription.  Watson became the county seat of Desha County after Napoleon was abandoned to the Mississippi River. Lewis W. Watson donated the land and built the courthouse near this site. The county seat was moved to Arkansas City in 1880. Watson remained the site of the courts of the Watson District until moved to Dumas in 1891.
 
Erected 1976 by Desha County Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable PlacesPolitical SubdivisionsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 33° 53.713′ N, 91° 15.404′ W. Marker is in Watson, Arkansas, in Desha County. Marker is at the intersection of Arkansas Route 1 and Front Street, on the right when traveling east on State Route 1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watson AR 71674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Town of Napoleon (approx. 7 miles
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away); Skirmish at Amos Bayou (approx. 7.8 miles away); Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center (approx. 9 miles away); Why Us? Why Here? (approx. 9 miles away); I Am An American (approx. 9 miles away); Taken Away (approx. 9 miles away); Making A Living (approx. 9 miles away); Trying To Make A Home (approx. 9 miles away).
 
View from marker northeast on Front Street. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
2. View from marker northeast on Front Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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