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Arkansas Post National Memorial in Arkansas County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

American Townsite

1805 — 1840

 

Frontier Settlement and Territorial Capitol

 
American Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
1. American Townsite Marker
Inscription.
In the early 1800's the land in front of you was an important center of trade and government on the edge of the Arkansas River wilderness. Here were the homes, stores, taverns, mills, docks, and busy streets of the Post of Arkansas. This was the capital of Arkansas Territory from its organization in 1819 until it moved to Little Rock in 1821. At the height of the Post's importance in the 1820's and 1830's, the population here was about 1,000.

What happened to the town? The Civil War forced river traffic to cease, and in the resulting economic collapse, most residents left. Bombardment by Union gunboats in 1863 destroyed much of the village, and it did not recover after the war. Eventually railroads and highways by-passed Arkansas Post, isolating it economically. The Arkansas River has washed away part of the land where the townsite stood.

Historic sites labeled here are located and described by small markers. None of the structures remain standing today. There were, of course, many other buildings, including a law office, church, jail, blacksmith shop, billiard parlor, and a girls' academy.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of Interior.
 
Location. 34° 0.918′ N, 91° 
American Townsite Marker near former town location. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
2. American Townsite Marker near former town location.
20.669′ W. Marker is in Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker can be reached from Old Post Road 0.8 miles south of State Route 169. Touch for map. Located south of the visitors center along the walking trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1741 Old Post Road, Gillett AR 72055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Post of Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Arkansas Posts (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Colbert Raid (about 700 feet away); Edge of Empires (about 700 feet away); The Post of Arkansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The European Settlement (approx. mile away); Stone from Ruins of Old Bank (approx. mile away); The Post under Spain (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas Post National Memorial.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on Arkansas Post. (Submitted on September 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Entrance to the Arkansas Post National Memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
3. Entrance to the Arkansas Post National Memorial.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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