Carlisle in Lonoke County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
William H. Fuller
Father of the Arkansas Rice Industry
In 1897 on the NW 1/4 Sect. 8 1N 7W Fuller planted the first rice on the Grand Prairie. The venture failed. Having learned about rice production in Louisiana, he returned for more information. In 1903 he returned to Lonoke County. The citizens of Carlisle and Hazen agreed to pay Fuller $1000.00 for a successful rice crop. In 1904 he harvested 5,225 bushels from 70 acres. The rice industry was born. Fuller died in 1909 and is buried beside his wife in the Carlisle Cemetery.
Erected by Lonoke County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 34° 47.19′ N, 91° 44.76′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Arkansas, in Lonoke County. Marker is on E. 5th Street east of N. Court Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E 5th St, Carlisle AR 72024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Action at Ashley's Station (approx. Ό mile away); Hicks' Station in the Civil War (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battle of Brownsville (approx. 7.8 miles away); The Little Rock Campaign - Brownsville (approx. 7.8 miles away); Lonoke County Confederate Monument (approx. 8.7 miles away); A Gun for All Reasons (approx. 8.7 miles away); Senator Joe T. Robinson (approx. 8.7 miles away); Lonoke County Honor Roll (approx. 8.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Rice Industry. The Arkansas Encyclopedia of History & Culture entry (Submitted on August 9, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on October 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.