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

The American Era

 
 
The American Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
1. The American Era Marker
Inscription. The land passed from France to the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Arkansas then became a territory on March 2, 1819: the Post of Arkansas was designated its capital.

The Territorial Secretary Robert Crittendon, acting in the absence of Governor James Miller, presided at the territory's first legislature on July 28 of that year.

The first issue of the Arkansas Gazette was published at the Post on November 20, 1819.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of Interior.
 
Location. 34° 1.003′ N, 91° 20.914′ W. Marker is in Arkansas Post, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker can be reached from Old Post Road 0.8 miles south of State Route 169. Touch for map. 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. Republican France (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post under Spain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The French Period (about 400 feet away); Stone from Ruins of Old Bank (about 400 feet away); The European Settlement
The American Era Marker along the Arkansas Post walkway, west of Old Post Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
2. The American Era Marker along the Arkansas Post walkway, west of Old Post Road.
(about 500 feet away); The Post of Arkansas (about 700 feet away); Edge of Empires (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colbert Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas Post.
 
More about this marker. The spelling of Robert Crittendon appears to be incorrect on the marker. It should be Robert Crittenden.
 
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Robert Crittenden image. Click for full size.
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3. Robert Crittenden
Crittenden was appointed as Secretary of Arkansas Territory from 1819 to 1829. He served as acting Governor of Arkansas while James Miller was delayed for an extended period en route to Arkansas. Although never officially appointed as governor, Crittenden called the first territorial legislature into session and took responsibility for organizing the new territory. He amassed considerable political power. Crittenden was a primary leader in preparing the territory for statehood. He was appointed as United States Commissioner for negotiating the 1824 Treaty with the Quapaw Indians.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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