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Saline County Arkansas Historical Markers

 
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By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
Bauxite Marker
Arkansas (Saline County), Bauxite — Bauxite, Arkansas
Following the discovery of extensive bauxite ore deposits in 1887, an ore drying plant was located here by The Pittsburg Reduction Co. In 1903 a small village was laid out to house the workers. This village which included a bank, hospital, theater . . . — Map (db m96634) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — 92 — 11th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.
The 11th Arkansas Infantry organized at Benton in July 1861 and Saline County men served in 6 of its 10 companies. The 11th was captured in the Island No. 10 campaign in April 1862 and spent 5 months in Union prisons, later serving in Louisiana and . . . — Map (db m96586) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — De Soto Trail
By here the De Soto expedition marched September 7, 1541. — Map (db m96588) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — Old Southwest Trail
The Southwest Trail, which passed this point, was one of the first permanent roads across Arkansas. It ran from Missouri through northeastern Arkansas to Little Rock and on through Washington to Fulton on Red River. Thousands of settlers followed . . . — Map (db m104050) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — Quapaws, Choctaws, and Chickasaws Passed Here1825 - 1837
The Indian parties followed an ancient trail that became known as the Southwest Trail. The primitive trail took the tribal groups by where you are standing. William S. Lockhart was the first permanent settler in the area, arriving in 1815, at a . . . — Map (db m96596) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — 87 — Saline County in the Civil War
Saline County held 6,640 people in 1860, including 749 slaves. Jabez M. Smith, the county’s secession convention delegate, voted to leave the Union. The Saline Guards formed in 1861 and became Co. E, 1st Arkansas Infantry (C.S.). Their captain, . . . — Map (db m96592) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — 77 — Saline County Records
As Gen. Frederick Steele’s Union army marched toward Little Rock in the summer of 1863, Saline County officials feared their records would be seized or destroyed. They met Aug. 31, 1863, and saying the Union “function is to cut up, mutilate, . . . — Map (db m96593) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — Saline County Revolutionary War Soldiers
In honor of two Revolutionary War soldiers who chose Saline County, Arkansas as their home. After enlisting in the spring of 1777, they served through the winter at Valley Forge and to the end of the war in 1783. ASHER BAGLEY, Private . . . — Map (db m96595) WM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — Saline County's Everlasting Tribute
Saline County’s Everlasting Tribute Here we enshrine forever the glorious memory of the living and the dead who through their valiant efforts and bitter sacrifice kept us a free people Theirs Not to Reason Why, Theirs But to Do . . . — Map (db m96594) WM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — The Benton Courier
Founded in 1876 by W.A. Webber as The Saline County Digest, this was the first newspaper and is the oldest continuously operated business in Saline County. The name was changed to The Review in 1882 and to The Courier in 1883. The original office . . . — Map (db m104055) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — The Gann Building
Built in 1893, the office of Dr. Dewell Gann, Sr. is the only known bauxite building in existence. The building was constructed by patients who could not afford to pay for services he had rendered them. The soft stone was dug from a farm nearby, . . . — Map (db m96597) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — The Niloak Pottery
Founded in 1910 by C. D. "Bullet" Hyten, a master potter, the Niloak Pottery operated in Benton for 37 years. The unique multicolored spiral pieces were hand turned using natural colored clays dug from nearby "Pottery Hill." Niloak, kaolin spelled . . . — Map (db m104026) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Benton — The Salem Campground
In the early days of Saline County's history the settlers would gather here after the crops had been "laid by" for rest, relaxation, and to give thanks to The Lord. The early meetings were held under brush arbors lighted bu pine knots and included . . . — Map (db m104059) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Bryant — The Battle of Hurricane Creek
After the fall of Little Rock to Union forces in September, 1863, the area immediately south of the Arkansas River became a No Man’s Land. On the morning of October 23, 1864, a Federal detachment of the 7th Army Corps, returning to Little Rock after . . . — Map (db m96635) HM
Arkansas (Saline County), Bryant — The Geographical Center of Arkansas
The Geographical Center of Arkansas is a few steps north of this highway Erected by The Arkansas Society Daughters of American Colonists Arkansas Centennial 1936 — Map (db m96637)

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