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

Phillips County, Arkansas

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
1. Phillips County, Arkansas Marker
Inscription. Phillips County lies in what is known as the Mississippi alluvial plain, also called The Delta. The earliest known inhabitants were native Indians, noted for building large earthen mounds for ceremonial purposes and to bury their chiefs.

By the time Hernando DeSoto explored Arkansas in 1541 the area was home to two sophisticated Indian cultures, the Casoui and the Pacaha, and included large fortified towns. The point where DeSoto crossed the Mississippi River into Arkansas is much debated, with credible evidence that he crossed south of Helena into what is now Phillips County, opposite Sunflower Landing.

Between 1541 and 1803, France sold the territory known as the Louisiana Purchase, composed of 900,000 square miles to the United States for 15 million dollars.

Phillips County was created by an act of the Arkansas legislature dated May 1, 1820 and named for one of its earliest settlers, Sylvanus Phillips, a member of the Territorial Legislature.
 
Location. 34° 31.733′ N, 90° 35.183′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Located in Park in front of Courthouse. It is one of three concrete markers. Marker is in this post office area: Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
 
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Phillips County, Arkansas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
2. Phillips County, Arkansas Marker
De Soto June 25, 1541 Erected by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Arkansas June 25,1951
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Helena, Arkansas (here, next to this marker); Helena, Arkansas (a few steps from this marker); World War I 1917-1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); Phillips County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Right to Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Comes to Arkansas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "We are all the same as dead men" (about 500 feet away); Fort Curtis (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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