Hot Springs in Garland County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Hiram Abiff Whittington
Born in Boston, Mass., came to Arkansas in 1826 to be printer for the Arkansas Gazette. In 1882 he moved to Hot Springs and in a two room log cabin established a general store, post office and lending library. He served as county clerk, postmaster, territorial councilman, state representative and as a presidential appointee. He helped survey the territory, established a hotel and the whetstone industry. His colorful letters to brother Granville (1808-87) back in Boston, humanize a time in frontier Arkansas and are valuable historical records.
East Face of Obelisk
"My bed table, two trunks, a box, with a small stool comprise my furniture and on a shelf is my library. There is a beautiful stream within 6 yards of my door, and all I have to do is step to this purling brook and wash my eyes and the drudgery of my day's work is done." In 1836 Hiram married Mary Burnham and they had six children. Their home was located at this junction of Central and Whittington Avenues. St. Mary's Catholic and the First Presbyterian Churches are on property donated by Hiram.
Granville came to Arkansas in 1835, founded Mt. Ida, served as secretary to a group urging statehood and also served as state representative. In an April 1833 letter Hiram wrote, "Dear Brother Granville, it is now middle afternoon. I have no customers, no official business; and what is the best of all no blue devils to trouble me with foreboding of future ills. I live here in a cabin about 10 feet square with an adjoining room about 7 x 9. The larger room is my store, the smaller is my private apartment, sitting room, clerk's office, post office and bed chamber."
Erected 1992 by Garland County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately 📭 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 34° 31.084′ N, 93° 3.421′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County. Marker is at the intersection of Whittington Ave. and Pine Street, on the right when traveling east on Whittington Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Whittington Ave, Hot Springs National Park AR 71901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Al Simmons (here, next to this marker); Stan Musial 122 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 126 (about 500 feet away); Site of the Founding Convention Assemblies of God April 2-12, 1914 (about 700 feet away); 201 Central Avenue (about 800 feet away); 304 (approx. ¼ mile away); 308 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
Also see . . . Hiram Abiff Whittington. Encyclopedia of Arkansas entry (Submitted on April 15, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.