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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Independence County, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Independence 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> Independence County, AR (35) Cleburne County, AR (3) Izard County, AR (6) Jackson County, AR (16) Lawrence County, AR (30) Sharp County, AR (4) Stone County, AR (3) White County, AR (18)  IndependenceCounty(35) Independence County (35)  CleburneCounty(3) Cleburne County (3)  IzardCounty(6) Izard County (6)  JacksonCounty(16) Jackson County (16)  LawrenceCounty(30) Lawrence County (30)  SharpCounty(4) Sharp County (4)  StoneCounty(3) Stone County (3)  WhiteCounty(18) White County (18)
Batesville is the county seat for Independence County
Adjacent to Independence County, Arkansas
      Cleburne County (3)  
      Izard County (6)  
      Jackson County (16)  
      Lawrence County (30)  
      Sharp County (4)  
      Stone County (3)  
      White County (18)  
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1 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Agricultural Wheel Political Platform 1887
• Pay off the national debt • Repeal laws that favors capital • Prevent aliens from owning land • Abolish national banks • Government operations on a cash basis • End agricultural futures trading • Establish a graduate income tax • Prohibit . . . Map (db m221190) HM
2 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Arkansas CollegeOriginal Campus
Founded by the Presbyterian Church, U.S., in 1872. Dr. Isaac J. Long was the first president. In 1954 the college was moved to a new and larger campus one mile east of here.Map (db m221084) HM
3 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — F-32 — Arkansas Methodist ConferenceIndependence County
The Arkansas conference of the Methodist Church, created 1836, composing Arkansas and parts of Louisiana and Indian Territory, held its first session November 2, 1836 in Batesville at corner of Main and Broad Streets. Bishop Thomas Morris presided. . . . Map (db m70559) HM
4 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Barnett Building
1903/4 Built / Barnett Brothers Department Store (Jim, Charles & Ira Nelson); 1938 & 1978; Remodeled 1988; Sheid Furniture; Furniture Gallery; 2001 Pro Dentec main offices. (Renaissance Revival style; splayed stone . . . Map (db m221104) HM
5 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Batesville Confederate Monument
[North face] In memory of the sons of Independence County who served in the Confederate army, their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who, with patriotic devotion remained steadfast to their cause, during the war period. . . . Map (db m221187) WM
6 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — 14 — Batesville During The Civil War
Union soldiers occupied Batesville twice during the Civil War. Gen. Samuel Curtis's Army of the Southwest camped near this site in May 1862 while threatening Little Rock. Union troops were impressed with the town's culture and appearance, saying . . . Map (db m70557) HM
7 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m221080) HM
8 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Case Building
Built in 1877 in the brick commercial craftsman style with segmental arched windows and pressed tin lintel caps, this building originally housed the Boggs Grocery Store. However, it was best remembered as the home of the Menard Grocery, owned . . . Map (db m221115) HM
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9 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Charles R. Handford House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m221082) HM
10 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Col. Morgan Magness
Col. Magness, 1796-1871, legendary wealthiest man of Independence County before the Civil War, emigrated from Tennessee with his father, Johnathan Magness, a North Carolinian, when Arkansas was a part of Missouri Territory. Col. Magness, a prominent . . . Map (db m221205) HM
11 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Colonel Shelby in Arkansas
In the harsh winter of 1862-63 Col. J.O. Shelby, a brigade commander of three Missouri cavalry regiments under Gen. John S. Marmaduke's Confederate cavalry command, arrived in this area from a raid into southern Missouri. He quartered his troops on . . . Map (db m162720) HM
12 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — First Arkansas Methodist Conference
1836 — 1936 The first Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Church met on November 2, 1836 in a lodge hall on the upper floor of the building that stood on this corner at that time. Thomas A. Morris, Bishop W P. Ratcliffe, Secretary . . . Map (db m221137) HM
13 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — 19 — Governor Elisha Baxter
Elisha Baxter (1827-1899), 10th Governor of Arkansas, was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He came to Batesville in 1852, opened a mercantile business and was elected mayor in 1853. Baxter served two terms as state representative . . . Map (db m221210) HM
14 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Hail Building
1908 built by S. A. Hail - single story dry goods store; 1914 - second story warehouse added; 1925 - third story warehouse and brick front added; 1979 - Hail Dry Goods closed, thereafter served as a hardware . . . Map (db m221113) HM
15 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Independence Bell
Authorized 1857. Manufactured 1858. First used 1859. Ringing out from Independence County's second courthouse, the first on this site, this bell summoned citizens to meetings, warned them of danger, and called them to celebrate. Today it . . . Map (db m221140) HM
16 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Independence County Courthouse
This site has been the location of three Independence County courthouses. The first, built in 1857, was destroyed by fire in the 1880's and replaced by a Gothic style structure. Batesville's finest example of Art Deco style building . . . Map (db m221135) HM
17 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — F-12 — Independence County First County Court House
The town of Batesville was selected as the county seat and the first county court house built in 1821, a year after the county was organized.Map (db m66720) HM
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18 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Independence County Office and Library
This building was constructed in 1904 by the federal government for the U.S. Post Office and the Batesville division of federal court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and was in use by federal agencies until 1974 when a new building was built a . . . Map (db m70558) HM
19 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — 31 — Independence County Poor Farm and Burial Ground
Established in 1855, the Independence County poor farm provided those in need with a place to live, medical care, and the opportunity to grow their own food in the garden patch. These houses were the community’s way of providing care to the poor . . . Map (db m226571) HM
20 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Lafferty Memorial Church
Lafferty disbanded in 1969 and its members requested the church at 8th and Neeley be sold and funds divided between Philander Smith College and the First United Methodist Church of Batesville. The known history of Lafferty, organized in the . . . Map (db m70560) HM
21 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Melba Theater Reported missing
Originally constructed in 1875 as an opera house, eight years later in 1883 it was converted to a mercantile store. In 1939, then known as the Brewer Store, it was purchased by Commonwealth Theaters, remodeled in the Art Deco style and, . . . Map (db m221126) HM
22 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Miniken Store
This two story native sandstone building in the vernacular commercial was given an Italianate flavor by its arched windows. It was built in 1886 by H.L. Miniken as an extension of his brother George Miniken's general mercantile next door at 134 . . . Map (db m221130) HM
23 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Navigation of the White River
The first steamboat to navigate the White River to Batesville was the Waverly which arrived in 1831 with Capt. Phillip Pennywitt as master and Capt. Thomas Todd Tunstall as pilot. The steamboat provided major transportation for both freight and . . . Map (db m153565) HM
24 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Original Building, Arkansas College
Erected 1872-73. Used continuously by the college until sold to First Presbyterian Church in 1955. Restored and dedicated by the Session as Morrow Hall in 1956.Map (db m221088) HM
25 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Peed-Ball House
House of Peed-Ball Established circa 1850Map (db m221090) HM
26 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Pfeiffer Community
A light-colored crystalline limestone known as Batesville marble has been mined in this area since 1836 and most of the material used in the Arkansas State Capitol under construction from 1899 to 1915 originated here. Pfeiffer was also a railhead . . . Map (db m85504) HM
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27 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Pioneer Cemetery
About the year 1826 John Miller, Robert Crittenden, Charles Kelley and Richard Searcy verbally gave and dedicated this plot of ground to the town of Batesville to be used as a burial place. On April 5, 1856, the cemetery property, then called . . . Map (db m221189) HM
28 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Rutherford Hall
1872 built as Archer Mercantile on ground floor and a saloon on the second; 1888 altered to include present arched windows (renamed Rutherford Hall); housed a brothel, Ford Motor dealership (Model T's stored on second floor); . . . Map (db m221123) HM
29 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Three Governors
Near this spot stood the homes of three governors of the State of Arkansas Thomas S. Drew (1844-1849) Elisha Baxter (1873-1874) William R. Miller (1877-1881)Map (db m221079) HM
30 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Wade Building
1924 built by Victor Wade - print shop/Batesville Record that became Batesville Daily Guard; late 1940's - Sears store (city's first); variety of retail establishments follows. Vernacular-panel brick, raised . . . Map (db m221132) HM
31 Arkansas, Independence County, Batesville — Williams Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Williams Building 1887: Built/Richard Williams (formerly Evening Shade) Mercantile; 1898: Barnett . . . Map (db m221093) HM
32 Arkansas, Independence County, Cord — Southwest Trail
Down this road came the settlers who settled Arkansas and the southwest. What once began as an Indian footpath became a major route of migration for settlers into the Arkansas Territory by 1819. The trail bypassed the swamps of eastern . . . Map (db m221061) HM
33 Arkansas, Independence County, Cord — 24 — Town of Cord
In 1835, the Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church was established in a one-room log structure adjacent to the Hopewell cemetery. A community arose with many businesses including blacksmith shops, general stores, gristmill, cotton gin, barber . . . Map (db m206934) HM
34 Arkansas, Independence County, Cord — Walnut Grove
David Hogan brought his family to Walnut Grove from North Carolina in 1830. He was buried in 1840 in this cemetery. Three of his children are buried here; Charlotte, wife of J.N. Churchill, for whom the town of Charlotte is named, lies . . . Map (db m221078) HM
35 Arkansas, Independence County, Oil Trough — Oil Trough, Arkansas
When the white man came into the White River valley, Oil Trough Bottom was covered with a dense canebrake inhabited by bear. Early hunters rendered the bear oil and stored it in troughs made from hollowed out tree trunks. Use of these troughs . . . Map (db m221215) HM
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Sep. 29, 2023