Parkin in Cross County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
— Parkin Archaeological State Park —
The American Indians who lived here over 500 years ago were expert farmers whose most important crops were corn, beans, and squash - often referred to as the "Three Sisters."
Sunflowers, other plants, meat, and fish rounded out their diets.
The Mississippians had no refrigeration, but they made their harvests last by drying some food (corn, beans, meat) and processing it throughout the winter. Other foods, like squash and root vegetables kept well through the cold months.
Even though the diet was limited back then, can you think of delicious dishes you could have made with these foods?
Erected by Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Native Americans.
Location. 35° 16.644′ N, 90° 33.28′ W. Marker is in Parkin, Arkansas, in Cross County. Marker is on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 State Hwy 184, Parkin AR 72373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wittsburg in the Civil War (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Trail of Tears along the Memphis to Little Rock Road (approx. 12.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.