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Clarksville in Johnson County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Johnson County First Anthracite Coal

 
 
Johnson County First Anthracite Coal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 3, 2016
1. Johnson County First Anthracite Coal Marker
Inscription.  The first anthracite coal was mined near here on the land of E.B. Alston by a Mr. Walker in 1840. Sample of coal were taken to Little Rock and examined by William E. Woodruff, who pronounced it superior to that found in Pennsylvania. Mr. Walker went east to get men who were skilled in mining. In 1841, $150,000 worth of coal was ready for shipment by boat.
 
Erected 1936 by Arkansas Centennial Comm., Arkansas History Comm. (Marker Number C-23.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Centennial Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 35° 28.264′ N, 93° 27.903′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Arkansas, in Johnson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 64) and South Fulton Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 West Main Street, Clarksville AR 72830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance
Johnson County Courthouse & marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 3, 2016
2. Johnson County Courthouse & marker.
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of this marker. Clarksville in the Civil War / Depredations (here, next to this marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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