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

Austin

 
 
Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Austin Marker
Inscription. In 1828 the town of Oakland Grove was founded. By 1861 the name had been changed to Austin, according to a false local legend the once thriving town of over 30 residences was almost selected as the state capitol beginning in 1858 the town was a stage stop for the famous Butterfield Overland Mail Line from Memphis to Fort Smith during the Civil War both sides occupied the area with the Methodist church being used as a hospital, in the post war years the town recovered but in the late 1800's the railroad by-passed the town resulting in its slow death. Home of one of the state's oldest Baptist associations, the town was almost selected as the site ofOuachita Baptist University.
 
Erected by Lonoke County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 34° 59.034′ N, 91° 57.912′ W. Marker is in Austin, Arkansas, in Lonoke County. Marker is at the intersection of Arkansas Route 38 and Ray Sowell Road, on the right when traveling east on State Route 38. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin AR 72007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Grove (Old Austin) (here, next to this marker); Austin in the Civil War (here, next to this
Austin Marker is on right of orange tipped fiber-optic pole. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. Austin Marker is on right of orange tipped fiber-optic pole.
marker); Bayou Meto Historic Site (approx. 10.8 miles away); Bayou Metre Hornets (approx. 10.8 miles away); The Memphis to Little Rock Railroad (approx. 12.4 miles away); The Trail of Tears through Jacksonville (approx. 12.4 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 12.4 miles away); The Brigade Moved Forward (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
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Looking northeasterly towards the Austin marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. Looking northeasterly towards the Austin marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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