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Life in the Ozarks

Life in the ozarks presents a video look from the 1980s of family life in the Ozarks of North America

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The Young Brothers Massacre

The Young Brothers Massacre remains the deadliest shootout with law enforcement in the history of the United States. At the northeast corner of the Young farm, while the cars were headed south, about three miles from the U. S. 66 […]

ort Curtis, a major part of the Civil War defenses of Helena (Phillips County), named in honor of the Union commander at Helena, General Samuel R. Curtis; 1863. Courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission

Fort Curtis in the Civil War

Fort Curtis was a major Union army fortification located in Helena (Phillips County) during and immediately after the Civil War. It is best known for being part of the Federal defenses at the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena. After the Battle of Pea […]

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Devil’s Den State Park – A must-see

Devil’s Den State Park in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas is one of the best-preserved Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) park developments in the United States and contains the largest sandstone crevice cave area in the country. The park is popular for […]

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When Arkansas outlawed African-Americans in the state

The Arkansas General Assembly passed a bill in February 1859 that banned the residency of free African-American or mixed-race (“mulatto”) people anywhere within the bounds of the state of Arkansas. In 1846, the Statutes of Arkansas had legally defined mulatto as anyone who had one […]

 

Life in the Ozarks

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The Young Brothers Massacre

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The Young Brothers Massacre remains the deadliest shootout with law enforcement in the history of the United States.

At the northeast corner of the Young farm, while the cars were headed south, about three miles from the U. S. 66 Highway, Chief Oliver with Houser and Bilyeu, waited a few seconds until Hendrix drew alongside with Mashburn, Crosswhite, Johnson and Meadows, and then without getting out of the cars the Sheriff and Detective Chief made suggestions to each other. Chief Oliver said first to Sheriff Hendrix, “Marcell, the Mayor said that we could get pretty close to the barn by taking this route through the orchard if we wanted to use it.”

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When a president commanded an Arkansas fort

zachary-taylorPrior to becoming the twelfth president of the United States, Colonel Zachary Taylor commanded the military at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) from 1841 until 1844. Taylor frequently clashed with local Arkansans who sought to preserve their access to the soldiers stationed at the fort who bought their whiskey and other goods.

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Take a trip to a local gangster museum

still_fThe history of Hot Springs (Garland County) and its role in Arkansas and American history has, since 2008, been brought to life in the award-winning Gangster Museum of America, located at 510 Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. The museum was founded by Robert Raines, under the umbrella of Historical Attractions, Inc. (a for-profit corporation), and was the recipient of the 2009 Tourism of the Year Award in Garland County. It was also a 2011 Henry Award finalist in the Arkansas Heritage category. Read more »

Fort Curtis in the Civil War

ort Curtis, a major part of the Civil War defenses of Helena (Phillips County), named in honor of the Union commander at Helena, General Samuel R. Curtis; 1863. Courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission

Fort Curtis was a major Union army fortification located in Helena (Phillips County) during and immediately after the Civil War. It is best known for being part of the Federal defenses at the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena.

After the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862, the Union Army of the Southwest under the command of Major General Samuel Ryan Curtis moved across northern Arkansas and southern Missouri before eventually taking the town of Helena, located on the Mississippi River. Helena would remain under Federal control for the remainder of the war.

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