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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Big Rock and the Little Rock

La Petite Roche Historical Walk

 
 
The Big Rock and the Little Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. The Big Rock and the Little Rock Marker
Inscription. Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe was the first European explorer to record the existence of a large rocky bluff on the north bank of the Arkansas River. According to his journal, La Harpe named it le Rocher Français ("the French Rock") on April 9, 1722. It later became known as the Big Rock. The French referred to the smaller outcropping on the south bank as le Petit Rocher ("the Little Rock"). The name first appeared on a 1799 French map of the area. The first official reference to Little Rock occurred in the Treaty of 1818, indicating the northernmost point of the Quapaw reservation. An August 20, 1822, article in the Arkansas Gazette described the rock: "It projects several feet into the river, forming below it a fine basin for boats, and its top reaches perhaps about midway between low water mark and the summit of the bank of the river. The name Little Rock was given to it by the aborigines or the early white settlers of the county to distinguish it from the Big Rock." In the 1950s, la Petite Roche became the accepted spelling based on local scholar Samuel D. Dickinson's suggestion.
 
Location. 34° 44.941′ N, 92° 15.987′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from President
The Big Rock and the Little Rock Marker looking at the Arkansas River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. The Big Rock and the Little Rock Marker looking at the Arkansas River.
Clinton Avenue. Touch for map. Located along the Arkansas Riverfront Trail in Riverfront Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Piece of the Rock, a Piece of History (here, next to this marker); One Old Rock (a few steps from this marker); The "Little Rock" (a few steps from this marker); Witness to Removal (a few steps from this marker); Smaller Rock, Big Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); It is River City (within shouting distance of this marker); Arkansas in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Point of Rocks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Plaque and Little Rock. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
3. Plaque and Little Rock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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