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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Osceola, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Mississippi 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> Mississippi County, AR (52) Craighead County, AR (16) Crittenden County, AR (27) Poinsett County, AR (7) Dunklin County, MO (4) Pemiscot County, MO (6) Dyer County, TN (19) Lauderdale County, TN (19) Shelby County, TN (490) Tipton County, TN (34)  MississippiCounty(52) Mississippi County (52)  CraigheadCounty(16) Craighead County (16)  CrittendenCounty(27) Crittenden County (27)  PoinsettCounty(7) Poinsett County (7)  DunklinCountyMissouri(4) Dunklin County (4)  PemiscotCounty(6) Pemiscot County (6)  DyerCountyTennessee(19) Dyer County (19)  LauderdaleCounty(19) Lauderdale County (19)  ShelbyCounty(490) Shelby County (490)  TiptonCounty(34) Tipton County (34)
Blytheville and Osceola are both the county seat for Mississippi County
Osceola is in Mississippi County
      Mississippi County (52)  
      Craighead County (16)  
      Crittenden County (27)  
      Poinsett County (7)  
      Dunklin County, Missouri (4)  
      Pemiscot County, Missouri (6)  
      Dyer County, Tennessee (19)  
      Lauderdale County, Tennessee (19)  
      Shelby County, Tennessee (490)  
      Tipton County, Tennessee (34)  
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1 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Albert King
Moving to Osceola with his family at age 8, Blues legend Albert King (1923-1992) earned an early living picking cotton on nearby farms. King began his magnificent professional career in Osceola with his group, In The Groove Boys. King's T99 Club, . . . Map (db m36412) HM
2 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Bank of Osceola
Built in 1909, the Bank of Osceola shared this building with various enterprises over the years, including a cotton brokerage firm and small movie theater. While much of the original architecture remains intact, four circular stone profiles of . . . Map (db m36670) HM
3 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Battle of Plum Run Bend
On May 10, 1862, Confederates defeated the Union navy in one of only two Civil War gunboat fleet engagements on the Mississippi River, ramming and sinking two Union ironclads, Cincinnati and Mound City. A reinforced Union armada routed the . . . Map (db m36320) HM
4 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Billy Lee Riley
Billy Lee Riley began picking cotton at age 7 on the Jacksonville plantation in Osceola. Influenced by local bluesmen, Riley became a 1950s rockabilly star, recording his first hit, Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll, at Sun Studios. Retiring from music . . . Map (db m36420) HM
5 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Calvary Episcopal Church
Built in 1902, the Calvary Episcopal Church is one of the oldest still in use in the county, serving many farmers, laborers, and professionals along the Cotton Highway for over a century. The bell tower and main entrance formerly resided on Hale . . . Map (db m36704) HM
6 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Confederate Veterans of Mississippi County
1861 - 1865 In memory of the Confederate Veterans of Mississippi County erected A.D. 1934 United Daughters of the Confederacy Elliott Fletcher Chapter Bytheville ArkansasMap (db m36531) HM
7 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Coston Building
Built in 1915, the ground floor of this building once housed a barber shop and, later a hardware store. J.T. Coston, a Vanderbilt-educated attorney representing R.E.L. Wilson's farming interests, maintained his offices upstairs and was instrumental . . . Map (db m36453) HM
8 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Drug Store
This corner building has been home to a drug store dating back to 1913. Once a two-story building with an elevated parapet and cornice, a fire in the early 1960s destroyed the second floor. The building's longest-running occupant is Newcomb's Drug . . . Map (db m36669) HM
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9 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — East Hale Storefronts
The potential for commerce related to cotton payrolls attracted a robust cadre of Jewish merchants to Hale Avenue in the early 1900s. Harwarg's opened in "Old Town" before moving to "New Town," followed by Beehive's, Nickol's, and Weinberg's. . . . Map (db m36668) HM
10 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — 11 — Fighting Near Osceola
In late July 1864, Missouri Union cavalry headed south into Mississippi County to hunt for bands of guerillas. On August 2, they encountered Confederate pickets near Osceola and pursued them to the main force led by Captains Charles Bowen and H.M. . . . Map (db m170412) HM
11 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Flag Poles Erected
Flag poles erected to commemorate the 200th anniversary of United States of AmericaMap (db m231759) HM
12 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Florida Brothers Building
Thomas J. Florida established the Florida Brothers Company in 1926, supplying farm and home loans to families along the Cotton Highway. Mr. Florida built this Art Deco-influenced structure in 1935, featuring Indiana limestone. The building . . . Map (db m36612) HM
13 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Jimmy "Popeye" Thomas
Osceola native Jimmy Thomas split his youth working in cotton fields and playing local juke joints. As a teenager, he joined Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm as lead singer, later performing with the Ike and Tina Turner Review. Settling in London, . . . Map (db m36419) HM
14 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Mark Twain's Plum Point Landing & Overlook
Mark Twain referred to Osceola as "the famous and formidable Plum Point" in his book, Life on the Mississippi, as well as other writings. First established in 1837 as Plum Point, Osceola was incorporated in 1853. From this vantage point, one could . . . Map (db m36301) HM
15 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Mississippi County Bank
In a spot once home to the Mercantile Opera House, this Classical Revival-style building was built in 1936 as Mississippi County Bank, showcasing Italian marble and rich wood throughout. Continuing to finance farming interests, First National Bank, . . . Map (db m36610) HM
16 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — J-12 — Mississippi County Court House
The county seat of Mississippi County, created in 1833, was located at Osceola in 1836. Since about 1900 the county has maintained another court house at Blytheville for the northern district. The county was named for the great river which flows . . . Map (db m36489) HM
17 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Mississippi County CourthouseOsceola
This Neoclassical Courthouse was built in 1912 on land donated by Judge W.J. Driver. Constructed of unusual brick, the building features a flat roof supporting a copper dome with large concrete terra cotta decorations and round polished inserts on . . . Map (db m36434) HM
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18 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Mississippi River Levee
Floods of 1927 and 1937 overwhelmed eastern Arkansas, destroying cotton crops and countless homes. To prevent future loss of life and economic devastation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Francis Levee District built an extensive levee . . . Map (db m36330) HM
19 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Old Bell Telephone Building
Built in 1911 by a local attorney, R.C. Rose, as Osceola's first telephone office, the building features two louver-covered windows, a cornice dividing the two floors and two square pilasters with corbelled brick separating the upper 8-over-8 . . . Map (db m36707) HM
20 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Osceola Hornets
Upon the Civil War's outbreak, Capt. Charles Bowen raised a company known as the "Osceola Hornets," participating in the battles of Belmont and Shiloh. Initially 100 strong, only seven returned. During Reconstruction, Bowen was instrumental in . . . Map (db m36328) HM
21 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Patterson Store
Established in 1904 the Fred G. Patterson Store was famous as a general mercantile, specializing in shoes and cotton pick sacks. A shoe at the entrance indicated the store was open for business. In 1993 the family donated the buildings for use as a . . . Map (db m36425) HM
22 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Planters Bank Building
The Neo-Classical style 1920 building, designed by noted architect Uzzell Branson, originally housed Citizens Bank, then, First State Bank, a mercantile store, and City Hall. A citizens group, including Congressman W.J. Driver, opened Planters Bank . . . Map (db m36702) HM
23 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Reggie Young
Called the most prolific session guitarist of all time, Reggie Young grew up along the Cotton Highway in Osceola in the 1940s. Joining a multitude of famous artists, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presely, the Beatles, and Willie Nelson, Young has . . . Map (db m36409) HM
24 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Sans Souci
The 10,000-acre Sans Souci plantation established in 1854 by John Harding McGavock, served as a Civil War hospital as the Union fleet docked across from the home. In addition to farming cotton, much acreage was devoted to hunting deer, bear, and . . . Map (db m36298) HM
25 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Son Seals
Osceola native Frank "Son" Seals (1942-2004) began playing professionally at 13 with Robert Nighthawk, then, formed his own band at 17, touring with Albert King. Winner of three W.C. Handy Awards for best blues recording of the year, Seals' riveting . . . Map (db m36414) HM
26 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — South Mississippi County War Memorial
In Memoriam To those men from South Mississippi County who gave their lives in World Wars I & II, Korea, and Southeast Asia Lt. John McGavock Grider - PVT. William A. Charles PFC Clarence Croft - CPL. Billie W. Craine PFC Hershel Brock . . . Map (db m36534) WM
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27 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — The Osceola Times Building
This 1901 office was the first building in "New Town," having been used continuously as a newspaper office since that time and remains the oldest and tallest commercial building in the city. The "Osceola Times," reporting on life along the Cotton . . . Map (db m36408) HM
28 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — U.S. Post Office Building
Constructed in 1915, this building served as the post office on the Cotton Highway until 1936. County Judge S.L. Gladish made sure that the Post Office contained European tiles like those used in the then-new courthouse. The building later housed a . . . Map (db m36454) HM
29 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Violet Cemetery
Violet Cemetery predates Arkansas statehood, the county, and city, with the oldest grave dating 1831. Initially secluded, the cemetery found itself in the middle of downtown as Osceola grew west because of cotton farming and manufacturing. Many . . . Map (db m36709) HM
30 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — William J. Driver
In memory of the honorable William J. Driver.Former Circuit Judge and Congressman, a lifelong citizen of Osceola, Arkansas. Born March 2, 1873. Died October 1, 1948. As a member of the Rivers and Harbors and Flood Control Committees of the Congress . . . Map (db m36532) HM
31 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — Willie Bloom
Osceola's own "Sweet Man," Willie Bloom, captured Southern cotton workers' sentiment with his legendary Blues music dating back to 1918. Bloom, whose recordings included "Osceola Blues," played alongside musical giants such as W.C. Handy, Jimmy . . . Map (db m36416) HM
32 Arkansas, Mississippi County, Osceola — WPA Post Office
The Works Progress Administration built this building, dedicated on May 29, 1936, as a new post office. The structure served the citizens of Osceola and the Cotton Highway as a post office until the Postal Service relocated to Johnson Street. . . . Map (db m36616) HM
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Jun. 21, 2024