The Black River Today
The contemporary riverbank you see here barely resembles the site that fishers, hunters, farmers, and traders visited for 10,000 years. Some native trees are visible, however. Look for black willow and silver maple.
Farmers still grow crops, including rice, soybeans, milo, and corn, in the fertile Black River basin, but the Black is no longer an important transportation route. People still enjoy fishing on the Black and its tributaries, however.
Pocahoptas is the seat of Randolph County. You may want to visit the historic Randolph County Courthouse just three blocks from here. Visitors also can learn more about pioneer life on the Black River at Old Davidsonville State Park, nine miles south of here on Hwy. 166.
Erected by The City of Pocahontas, Arkansas; The Arkansas Natural and Scenic Rivers Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 36° 15.614′ N, 90°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Shipping Route (a few steps from this marker); Settlement (a few steps from this marker); Native American Culture (within shouting distance of this marker); The River Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Earney L. Dickson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Black River (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph County during the War Between the States (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the St. Charles Hotel (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pocahontas.
Regarding The Black River Today. Left Black willow, Right Silver maple
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 7, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. 2. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.