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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Randolph County, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Randolph 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> Randolph County, AR (48) Clay County, AR (6) Greene County, AR (8) Lawrence County, AR (30) Sharp County, AR (4) Oregon County, MO (3) Ripley County, MO (12)  RandolphCounty(48) Randolph County (48)  ClayCounty(6) Clay County (6)  GreeneCounty(8) Greene County (8)  LawrenceCounty(30) Lawrence County (30)  SharpCounty(4) Sharp County (4)  OregonCountyMissouri(3) Oregon County (3)  RipleyCounty(12) Ripley County (12)
Pocahontas is the county seat for Randolph County
Adjacent to Randolph County, Arkansas
      Clay County (6)  
      Greene County (8)  
      Lawrence County (30)  
      Sharp County (4)  
      Oregon County, Missouri (3)  
      Ripley County, Missouri (12)  
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1 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Archeology Uncovers the Past — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Why Excavate at Davidsonville? Although there are surviving documents to tell us about Davidsonville, the town existed for such a short period that many parts of the story were not written down. Day- to-day activities were too common to . . . Map (db m170943) HM
2 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Commerce and Business — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Businesses at Home Davidsonville's shops and businesses often shared the same building as the family house. For example, Jacob Garrett's public house on Lots 34-35 was part of his residence, and John Miller ran a store out of his home . . . Map (db m170926) HM
3 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — County Jail — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Jail Construction Trials of the accused and incarceration of the guilty are two functions of a county seat, so the building of a jail was paired with that of the courthouse. The funds to pay for its construction also came from the sale . . . Map (db m170831) HM
4 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — County Seat Town — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Legal Heart of the County While trials of criminal cases might have been the most exciting events that went on at the courthouse, the day-to-day business of municipal life was what made the county seat important. It was here that land . . . Map (db m170919) HM
5 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Courthouse Square — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Courthouse Architecture Prominently placed in the center of the town square sat the Lawrence County Courthouse. Although no illustration of the courthouse has been found, research indicates it was built on a plan commonly used in the . . . Map (db m170851) HM
6 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Davidsonville Town Site1815 - 1830 — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Beneath the Ground Remnants of this short-lived, but ambitious, town lie buried beneath the soil surrounding you. Excavations and archival research by the Arkansas Archeological Survey are beginning to reveal the layout of the town, . . . Map (db m170947) HM
7 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Davidsonville's Courthouse — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
The steel beams surrounding you form a "ghost structure” to represent the essence of the courthouse as it stood during Davidsonville's prime. Arkansas's first courthouse took three years to complete (1819-1822). It was the most prominent . . . Map (db m170920) HM
8 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Decline and Abandonment — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Myths Within the short span of 15 years, Davidsonville rose in size and importance, and just as quickly returned to oblivion. The quick demise of Davidsonville led to local myths about its fall—a yellow fever epidemic, a mass . . . Map (db m170939) HM
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9 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — First Postal Stop — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Routes Established The U.S. Congress established post roads in the late 1700s, which were the routes that carried mail throughout the country and into the distant territories. Having a postal stop in one's town was very desirable, . . . Map (db m170935) HM
10 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — House Lots — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Houses Davidsonville was laid out with 48 lots around a public square, although only a few lots have been examined by archeologists so far. Lots held houses, businesses, and outbuildings, and archeologists know of at least 10 . . . Map (db m170929) HM
11 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Oldest Town Site in ArkansasOld Davidsonville State Park
The first post office in Arkansas was established here on June 28, 1817, with Adam Richie as postmaster. Old Davidsonville was also the site of the first court house in Arkansas, built in 1815. The first United States Land Office in Arkansas . . . Map (db m170802) HM
12 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Private Residence / Post Office — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
The steel beams you are standing under form a "ghost structure” to provide an outline of the original home's dimensions. Situated on the corner of the town square and next to the main road, this house was prominent in the hustle and . . . Map (db m170932) HM
13 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Public House — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
A Place to Gather In 1819 Jacob Garrett purchased this lot, built a house, and in 1821 received a license to “keep a public house of entertainment." A public house, or pub, was a place licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. In . . . Map (db m170835) HM
14 Arkansas, Randolph County, Black Rock — Transportation — Davidsonville Historic State Park —
River Highway Davidsonville was located on a wedge- shaped piece of land formed by the confluence of the Black, Spring, and Eleven Point rivers, placing it in the midst of the transportation and trade superhighways of the era. . . . Map (db m170927) HM
15 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — “The Missouri Swamp Fox” is Captured in Pocahontas — The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk —
Confederate Brigadier General Jeff Thompson was known as "The Missouri Swamp Fox" because he was so elusive at ambushing and escaping the Union Army during the first years of the war. General Thompson led a battalion of cavalry that conducted . . . Map (db m170349) HM
16 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — A Shipping Route
"Pocahontas is beautifully situated on the west bank of Black River… As a trading point, it is unsurpassed by any town of its size in the state." J. C. Martin of Pocahontas 1857
As agriculture in Randolph . . . Map (db m170298) HM
17 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — American Civil War Monument
(side 1) Erected in memory of the significant pain and lasting effects suffered by the people of Pocahontas and Randolph County during the Civil War. (side 2) Site of the capture of Confederate General Jeff Thompson, who was . . . Map (db m172095) HM WM
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18 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Baltz Lake Fishing Pier
This is a wooden fishing pier constructed in 2003 for use by all people. This pier begins 10 feet wide, and extends 40 feet to a shaded area which is 10 feet by 10 feet at the end of this 40-foot long boardwalk. The pier then extends 16 feet to the . . . Map (db m208463) HM
19 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Birthplace Of A Legend
Billy Lee Riley was born in Pocahontas October 5, 1933. During his early childhood he lived just off the Marr Street on Haw Street. He recorded his first several hits, including "Red Hot" at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis and his . . . Map (db m159744) HM
20 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Birthplace of Billy Lee Riley
Rock and Roll pioneer Billy Lee Riley was born to Amos and Helen Riley on October 5, 1933 in a white frame house located on this site. Riley and his band, the Little Green Men, helped originate the unique sound of Sun Records that became a . . . Map (db m208461) HM
21 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — 129 — Camp Shaver
Col. Robert G. Shaver established a camp near Pocahontas to train troops for the 7th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A., including two Randolph County companies. With 1,250 men and officers, the 7th was one of the largest regiments raised in Arkansas. They . . . Map (db m159749) HM
22 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — 102 — Capture of Missouri "Swamp Fox"
Pocahontas was a "no-man's land" after the Confederate troops organized here in 1861 moved east of the Mississippi. Soldiers and irregulars from both sides patrolled the region. One group of 300 Union militia and cavalry from Arkansas and Missouri . . . Map (db m232529) HM
23 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Futrell Pharmacy
A Pharmacy has been on this site since 1854, the oldest Pharmacy location in Arkansas.Map (db m174001) HM
24 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — General Sterling Price's Invasion of Missouri — The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk —
Randolph County was a "No-Man's Land" during all of the years of the Civil War. Pocahontas and Pitman's Ferry were strategic locations because of their necessary river crossings and important roads, and both the Union and Confederate Armies . . . Map (db m170352) HM
25 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Lewis deMun
deMun, a French aristocrat (Chevalier or Knight), emigrated to the U.S. in the 1790s. A trained draftsman, he became the right hand man of Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol. deMun oversaw the construction of the west wing . . . Map (db m170292) HM
26 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Mr. Earney L. Dickson
The railroad depot was donated to the City of Pocahontas by Michael Parker to honor the memory of his Grandfather, Mr. Earney L. Dickson He was a prominent businessman in Randolph County from 1920's until his death in 1974, During his . . . Map (db m174944) HM
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27 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Native American Culture
People have hunted and fished in the rich Black River Basin at least since the Paleo Indian Period (beginning around 10,000 B.C.). More recently, Native American built villages and mounds across the Mississippi River valley (3000 B.C.-A.D.1650). . . . Map (db m170367) HM
28 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Old Black River Bridge
This is the site of the Old Black River Bridge. After gaining congressional approval, the Arkansas State Highway Commission design the Bridge, and the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania built it in 1934. The Bridge was . . . Map (db m180431) HM
29 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Pitman's Ferry — The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk —
William Hix operated the first ferry in Arkansas sometime around 1803 over the Current River, which separates northeastern Randolph County from Missouri. It was on the Natchitoches Trace, also known as the Old Southwest Trail. This important road . . . Map (db m170295) HM
30 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Radio Station KPOCRock & Roll Hwy 67
In the mid 1950s Elvis Presley's career was just beginning to take off. Elvis had made at least one record at Sun Studio in Memphis when he and his then manager made a stop at this location to request that his record be played on KPOC. He was . . . Map (db m207800) HM
31 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Randolph County Civil War Timeline — The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk —
1861 • July 22 General William J. Hardee, commander of all 6,000 available troops in Arkansas, established headquarters and training at Pitman's Ferry and mustering at Camp Shaver in Pocahontas. 1862 • February March General Earl Van Dorn, . . . Map (db m170354) HM
32 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — H-11 — Randolph County Court House
The first court house in Randolph county, created in 1835, was erected in 1886, on the site of the town of Pocahontas, which was then known as Bettis' Bluff.Map (db m170293) HM
33 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Randolph County during the War Between the States — Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail —
At the beginning of the War Between the States in the spring of 1861, the people of Randolph County, with but few individual exceptions, were in favor of the proposed Confederacy, and did all in their power to help establish it Units, of Confederate . . . Map (db m170289) HM
34 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Sanitary Barber ShopSince 1894
Arkansas' oldest continuously operating barber shop.Map (db m174002) HM
35 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Settlement
"We have a large quantity of vacant land in this country … and have room for one thousand good and industrious families, and bread and meat to feed them." A Pocahontas resident Jan. 2. 1852
Many . . . Map (db m170359) HM
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36 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Sir Henry Morton Stanley
The famed African Explorer, Stanley trekked into unexplored east Africa in 1869 in search of the long lost English missionary, Dr. David Livingston. On finding him in 1871, Stanley uttered the now famous line "Dr. Livingston, I presume?" . . . Map (db m170294) HM
37 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Site of the St. Charles Hotel1852
Housed Confederate and Union Headquarters. Confederate General M. Jeff Thompson, the Missouri Swamp Fox, was captured here in August, 1863Map (db m174003) HM
38 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Spinnenweber and Peters Equine Store and Merchantile1895
Everything needed for transportation by horse, buggy and wagon. Spinnenweber and Peters also formed a construction company which built most of the downtown buildings between 1890 and 1940.Map (db m172033) HM
39 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Steam Engine
This steam engine powered the Sallee Bros. Handle Factory in Pocahontas from 1956 until the mill was converted to electric in the Late 1980's. Steam was generated by burning sawdust and wood shavings produced in the manufacturing of striking tool . . . Map (db m180438) HM
40 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — The Black River
"A channel broad and deep…" W B Guion, United States civil engineer Aug. 1 1837
You are standing on a bluff overlooking the Black River, in the heart of historic Pocahontas. This spot offers an . . . Map (db m170278) HM
41 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — The Black River Today
The contemporary riverbank you see here barely resembles the site that fishers, hunters, farmers, and traders visited for 10,000 years. Some native trees are visible, however. Look for black willow and silver maple. Farmers still grow crops, . . . Map (db m170361) HM
42 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — The Old Randolph County Courthouse
The Old Randolph County Courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior April 24, 1973.Map (db m172011) HM
43 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk Memorial
Sometime before 1830, Ransom Bettis arrived and built a home on the bluff overlooking this site. He operated a trading post for steamboat passengers and pioneers traveling down the National Military Road. Bettis Bluff, as it was called then, . . . Map (db m170290) HM
44 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — The River Basin
"This … region [is] annually covered by water and at all seasons by a heavy growth of timber [and] thick can-brakes." U.S. Rep. A. H. Sevier of Arkansas Feb. 21. 1838
The Black River flows through . . . Map (db m170376) HM
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45 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — This meteor fell July 1859
This meteor fell July 1859 in the Black River Bottoms of Randolph County. It was discovered by A.H. Keith. Donated by the Keith family March 16th in celebration of Arkansas' sesquicentennial.Map (db m171651) HM
46 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Veterans Memorial
Randolph County will remember These gave all Names not listed World War I We the citizens of Randolph County pay humble tribute to the living and the dead who helped preserve us a free people. World War II May . . . Map (db m172264) WM
47 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Veterans Memorial
To those who served Freedom is not freeMap (db m172331) WM
48 Arkansas, Randolph County, Pocahontas — Wear Kibler Schoonover1910-1982
Arkansas's first All-American in football was born in Pocahontas on this place, graduated from PHS and the U. of Arkansas at Fayetteville, accomplishing much both academically and in sports. Schoonover was also 2nd team All-American in . . . Map (db m180434) HM
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Feb. 25, 2024