Arkansas Post National Memorial

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Arkansas Post National Memorial

Address:1741 Old Post Rd
Gillett, AR 72055

Size: 758 acres.
Established: Named a state park in 1929; transferred to federal control and designated a national memorial in 1964.
Location:On AR 169, 7 miles south of Gillett via US 165, and 20 miles northeast of Dumas via US 165.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), bicycle trail, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Hiking, bicycling, fishing, guided tours, musket and cannon demonstrations.
Special Features:The park commemorates the first permanent French settlement in the Lower Mississippi Valley, founded in 1686. Often called the "Birthplace of Arkansas," the post was the site of French and Spanish forts and trading stations, the scene of a skirmish in the wake of the Revolutionary War, a territorial capital, a thriving river port, and a battleground during the Civil War.

See other parks in Arkansas.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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During the Civil War, Confederate forces constructed a massive earthen fortification dubbed Fort Hindman in an attempt to hold the Post and control the waterways, only to be overrun by Union forces and the earthen embankments destroyed.

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