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Near Marshall in Searcy County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Devils Backbone Road Cut-Geology / Construction

 
 
Devils Backbone Road Cut-Geology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 23, 2019
1. Devils Backbone Road Cut-Geology Marker
Inscription.  
Devils Backbone Road Cut-Geology
This road cut exposes the upper Fayetteville Shale, and overlying lower Pitkin Limestone deposited in a shallow sea covering the southern Ozark region as the Mississippian Geological Period ended. As that sea regressed, the alternating Fayetteville black shale and fine- grained limestone layers forming the lower part of the exposure were succeeded by layers of lighter colored, shallower water, coarse-grained Pitkin limestone exposed toward its top.

Devils Backbone Road Cut-Construction
Project Engineer W.C. Johnston planned US 65's relocation across Devils Backbone. D.B. Hill Contractor, Little Rock, under the direction of D.B. Hill Sr, completed its construction in 1928, creating the original road cut. The company returned in 1972- 74, under the direction of D.B. Hill Jr and the supervision of D.B. Hill III, to widen the highway and straighten the road cut to accommodate the increased traffic.
 
Erected by Searcy County Historical Society.
 
Location.
Devils Backbone Road Cut-Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 23, 2019
2. Devils Backbone Road Cut-Construction Marker
35° 53.715′ N, 92° 36.915′ W. Marker is near Marshall, Arkansas, in Searcy County. Marker is on U.S. 65 north of County Road 415, on the right when traveling south. Located at a Scenic Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall AR 72650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Mountain Scenic Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); Arkansas Peace Society / Federal Raids on Burrowville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Searcy County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Skirmish at Tomahawk (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Road Cuts Provide Clues To Arkansas’s Deep Past. (Submitted on December 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Part of the Devils Backbone Road Cut. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 23, 2019
3. Part of the Devils Backbone Road Cut.
Devils Backbone Road Cut image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 23, 2019
4. Devils Backbone Road Cut
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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