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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Crittenden County, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Crittenden County, Arkansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Crittenden County, AR (18) Cross County, AR (13) Lee County, AR (5) Mississippi County, AR (51) Poinsett County, AR (7) St. Francis County, AR (4) DeSoto County, MS (21) Tunica County, MS (10) Shelby County, TN (486) Tipton County, TN (34)  CrittendenCounty(18) Crittenden County (18)  CrossCounty(13) Cross County (13)  LeeCounty(5) Lee County (5)  MississippiCounty(51) Mississippi County (51)  PoinsettCounty(7) Poinsett County (7)  St.FrancisCounty(4) St. Francis County (4)  DeSotoCountyMississippi(21) DeSoto County (21)  TunicaCounty(10) Tunica County (10)  ShelbyCountyTennessee(486) Shelby County (486)  TiptonCounty(34) Tipton County (34)
Marion is the county seat for Crittenden County
Adjacent to Crittenden County, Arkansas
      Cross County (13)  
      Lee County (5)  
      Mississippi County (51)  
      Poinsett County (7)  
      St. Francis County (4)  
      DeSoto County, Mississippi (21)  
      Tunica County, Mississippi (10)  
      Shelby County, Tennessee (486)  
      Tipton County, Tennessee (34)  
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1 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Crawfordsville — Crawfordsville
Named for Adolphus Fountain Crawford Born Aug. 15, 1848 Died Feb. 21, 1876 Confederate soldier of Arkansas, he fought under Gen. Price.Map (db m116177) HM
2 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Confederate Soldier's Memorial — 1861     1865
In memory of Crittenden County's Confederate soldiersMap (db m116361) WM
3 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Confederate Soldier's Memorial — Erected 1936 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
This granite marker on the south lawn was erected by Crittenden County United Daughters of the Confederacy, and dedicated October 4, 1936, as a memorial to those who served with Confederate military during the War Between the States. The magnolia . . . Map (db m116781) HM
4 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Crittenden Bank & Trust Company — Erected 1919 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
The Crittenden Bank & Trust, the town’s third bank, began operation January 9, 1909, replacing the Bank of Marion which had failed in 1908. Three other short-lived banks were housed in this building. The last banking operation here was that of . . . Map (db m116727) HM
5 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Crittenden County Health Department — Erected 1938 Annex 1943 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
The Health Department, dedicated May 4, 1938, was built with funds by the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). When additional space was needed, the Crittenden County Negro Business Men's League, led by George Walker, Jr. and John Gammon, . . . Map (db m116780) HM
6 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Margaret E. Woolfolk Library — Erected 2001 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
Woolfolk is author of The History of Marion and History of Crittenden County, an award-winning newspaper editor, graduated from Memphis State Law School in 1985 at the age of 68, entered into private practice, and served as Marion . . . Map (db m116783) HM
7 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Marion High School — Erected 1912
Originally, the first floor had eight classrooms and the upper floor housed the auditorium. The ground-level basement housed only the furnace room and restrooms until 1928 when part of the basement was also used for the school's first . . . Map (db m221334) HM
8 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Marion Hotel — Erected 1911 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
Designed and built by Major Moore for Thomas Koser, the building was completed December of 1911. The building, which is constructed of native hardwoods, brick and concrete, had pressed tin ceilings and hardwood floors. The hotel had its own water . . . Map (db m116726) HM
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9 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Marion School Auditorium-Gynamnasium — Erected 1938 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
When classrooms were carved out of the second floor auditorium space in the first high school. Marion students and the entire community used a tabernacle built in 1924 on the south side of the high school for events requiring an auditorium. When the . . . Map (db m116777) HM
10 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Marion School District — Established 1869 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
May 10, 1869, a petition was submitted the county court for established of School District No. One the Marion district. The formation of the district was approved by the circuit superintendent of public schools. The school operated by the original . . . Map (db m116779) HM
11 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Military Road
First Highway constructed in Arkansas, Hopefield to Little Rock, extended to Fort Smith and into Indian Territory, (Oklahoma). Built by the United States under supervision of the Quartermasters Department of the United States Army. Survey was . . . Map (db m116549) HM
12 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — Rhodes Storefronts — Circa 1925 — Courthouse Square Walking Trail —
One of the city's biggest fires occurred in the early 1900's when a series of businesses in frame buildings on the east side of Court Street were destroyed by fire. Volunteer firefighters brought water from Harvard yards by train to help . . . Map (db m116545) HM
13 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — 62 — The Sultana Tragedy
On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River. She was heading north, dangerously overloaded with some 2,200 passengers, most of them freed Union prisoners of war from the Andersonville and Cahaba camps. A . . . Map (db m116352) HM
14 Arkansas, Crittenden County, Marion — The Loss of the Sultana
Early on April 27, 1865, the overcrowded steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Marion, Arkansas. The vast majority of the Sultana's passengers, believed to number over 2000, were Federal soldiers, recently released . . . Map (db m116356) HM
15 Arkansas, Crittenden County, West Memphis — Indian Mounds
In North America, the Indians were building mounds such as these from before the time of Christ until after DeSoto explored this area. These are believed to be villages of the Aquixo or Pacaha, 1541.Map (db m221347) HM
16 Arkansas, Crittenden County, West Memphis — KWEM Radio — Sounds from the Soil & Soul — Arkansas Delta Music Trail —
The inaugural broadcast of West Memphis' KWEM radio station on February 23, 1947, set the stage for what would become one of the pioneering platforms for Delta blues and the beginnings of the rock 'n' roll sound. Here at 231 Broadway Boulevard in . . . Map (db m221358) HM
17 Arkansas, Crittenden County, West Memphis — Mound City
An old river town, once located on the banks of the Mississippi River, deriving its name from Indian mounds. Federal troops burned it January 15, 1863.Map (db m221342) HM
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18 Arkansas, Crittenden County, West Memphis — The Plantation Inn — Sounds from the Soil & Soul — Arkansas Delta Music Trail —
In 1943, Morris Berger opened his legendary Plantation Inn nightclub on this site in a former West Memphis gambling hall. Billed as having the largest dance floor in the South, it became an electrifying live-music destination for the region until . . . Map (db m221350) HM
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May. 28, 2023