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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Auburn Township near Gould in Lincoln County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

South Bend Plantation

South Bend Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Frizzell
1. South Bend Plantation Marker
Inscription.  (side 1)
The first tracts of South Bend Plantation, originally known as the Jordan Place, were purchased in 1840 by Dr. John Augustus Jordan. In 1852, Jordan and Irene Johnson married and built a stately southern Georgian mansion on the property using slave labor at a cost of $50,000. Jordan, a financial supporter of the newly formed Confederacy, later died at the home in 1861 after contracting pneumonia upon his return from New Orleans with military supplies. Irene left the mansion in the care of overseers and moved to Little Rock. In January 1863, after the surrender of Arkansas Post, two 21st Texas Cavalry regiments occupied the slave cabins and used the mansion as headquarters. In July 1863, an Arkansas regiment
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under General J.C. Pemberton also rested in the slave cabins. Irene Jordan married Dr. Charles Minor Taylor in 1868. They divided their time between Little Rock and South Bend until her death in 1878. In 1902, Taylor sold South Bend and eventually, in 1909, future Illinois Governor
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Frank Lowden became the owner. Lowden built the state's largest plantation store on the property. During the 1927 Flood, the levee at South Bend broke washing away the store and devastating the area. In 1943, Lowden bequeathed his Arkansas plantation holdings of 21,000 acres, including South Bend, to the National Farm Foundation. In 1949, the Lincoln County portion of 7150 acres was sold yet again and divided into smaller tracts. All but abandoned, the South Bend mansion was destroyed by fire in 1953.
Erected 2020 by 9th Arkansas Infantry SCV Camp 652. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureDisastersSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 34° 3.166′ N, 91° 28.559′ W. Marker is near Gould, Arkansas, in Lincoln County. It is in Auburn Township. Marker is on Drake Road, 2˝ miles east of County Route 62, on the left when traveling east. General vicinity is east of Douglass and northeast of Gould. Marker is at the toe of the levee, by the Drake Road sign, right before Drake intersects the levee road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gould AR 71643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A.M. Bohnert Rice Plantation Pump No. 2 Engine
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(approx. 5.9 miles away); Battle of Arkansas Post (approx. 6 miles away); Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits (approx. 7.6 miles away); 38,000 Reasons to Fight (approx. 7.7 miles away); The American Era (approx. 7.7 miles away); Republican France (approx. 7.7 miles away); The French Period (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Post under Spain (approx. 7.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2022, by Ashley Sides of Little Rock, Arkansas. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 60 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 15, 2022, by Ashley Sides of Little Rock, Arkansas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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