“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Arkansas Centennial Commission Historical Markers

143 cast-iron markers placed across Arkansas in partnership with the Arkansas History Commission during the state's 1936 centennial commemorating significant people, places, and events during Arkansas's first 100 years.
Benton County First Court House Marker image, Touch for more information
By Thomas Onions, May 21, 2009
Benton County First Court House Marker
Arkansas (Benton County), Bentonville — 1 — Benton County First Court House
The first court house in Benton County, built of hewed logs was erected on this site (at Bentonville) in 1837, the year after the county was created. It was named for Thomas H Benton. — Map (db m19880) HM
Arkansas (Chicot County), Lake Village — G18 — Chicot County County Seat
The county seat of Chicot County was located at Columbia in 1823, where it remained until 1855. The county took its name from Point Chicot, on the Mississippi. — Map (db m89773) HM
Arkansas (Drew County), Monticello — F-17 — Drew County County Seat
Drew County, named for Governor Thomas S. Drew, was organized in 1845 and Monticello was laid out in 1849 as the county seat. Many pioneer families whose sons and daughters became prominent in the affairs of State and Nation lived here. — Map (db m85085) HM
Arkansas (Jefferson County), Pine Bluff — 1 F 6 — Jefferson County First Court House
The first court house in Jefferson County created in 1829 and named for President Thomas Jefferson was erected on this site at (Pine Bluff) in 1833. Meanwhile, sessions of the county court had been held first at the house of Joseph Bonne and second . . . — Map (db m30580) HM
Arkansas (Johnson County), Clarksville — C-23 — Johnson County First Anthracite Coal
The first anthracite coal was mined near here on the land of E.B. Alston by a Mr. Walker in 1840. Sample of coal were taken to Little Rock and examined by William E. Woodruff, who pronounced it superior to that found in Pennsylvania. Mr. Walker went . . . — Map (db m96638) HM
Arkansas (Mississippi County), Osceola — J 2 — 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
Arkansas (Phillips County), Helena — 115 — Phillips County Court House

The First County Seat of Phillips county was ordered in the Act of 1820 which created the county, to be located in the Town of Monticello, which place has since been identified as the original name of the present Town of Helena. — Map (db m51918) HM

Arkansas (Sebastian County), Fort Smith — A33 — Sebastian County California Gold Seekers

The emigrant train of Forty-Niners, 5,000 strong, set out from Fort Smith in April, 1849, with an escort of United States [Army] Regulars under the command of Captain R. B. Marcy. — Map (db m92353) HM

Arkansas (Sebastian County), Fort Smith — A14 — Sebastian County Seat of Justice

The permanent seat of justice in Sebastian County, created in 1851 was located on a site to which was given the name of Greenwood. In 1861 another court house was erected at Ft. Smith and since then the county has maintained two seats of . . . — Map (db m92349) HM

Arkansas (Washington County), Cane Hill — Washington County Cane Hill College
Cane Hill College, the first collegiate institution of learning established in Arkansas was founded here by Cumberland Presbyterians on October 28, 1834. The following persons were named by the founders as the board of trustees: Col. John . . . — Map (db m66703) HM

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