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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

It is River City

La Petite Roche Historical Walk

 
 
It <i>is</i> River City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. It is River City Marker
Inscription.  In the early days of Little Rock, the Arkansas River was the lifeblood of the community. The Little Rock extended out into the river, pulling the current around it to form a natural landing basin for boats. The earliest ferry across the Arkansas River connected at the Point of Rocks in 1819. In 1863 during the Civil War, Rebels burned the CSS Pontchartrain at the riverboat landing so the gunboat wouldn't be taken by Union forces. As soon as Little Rock was captured, the Federals built a pontoon bridge at the Little Rock to facilitate the movement of troops and equipment across the river After the war, the riverboat landing was one of the liveliest places in town. The neighborhood around the Little Rock became notorious for the entertainment it provided - drinking, gambling and loose women. Water Street took the label "Battle Row," Elm Street became "Fighting Alley," and the area itself was dubbed "Hell's Half Acre."One cobblestone half-block of Elm Street remains north of Clinton Avenue between Cumberland and Rock streets.
 
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It <i>is</i> River City Marker with the Arkansas River and Main Street bridge in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. It is River City Marker with the Arkansas River and Main Street bridge in background.
Settlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 34° 44.947′ N, 92° 16.011′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from President Clinton Avenue. Located in Riverfront Park near Junction Bridge along the Arkansas Riverfront Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witness to Removal (a few steps from this marker); Smaller Rock, Big Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The "Little Rock" (within shouting distance of this marker); Arkansas in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Point of Rocks (within shouting distance of this marker); River Traffic (within shouting distance of this marker); One Old Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Little Rock Campaign - Riverfront Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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