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Part 8 In response to the national interest in preserving undisturbed and wild areas for their natural beauty, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act on Sept. 3, 1964. This act created … more
Part 7 The outbreak of World War II reversed some of the progress the Forest Service with the help of the CCC had achieved. The CCC was liquidated by June 30, 1943. The CCC camps in Arkansas were … more
Part 5During the early days on the national forests in Arkansas, the single most important responsibility of the forest rangers was fire protection. This was an especially difficult task due to local … more
Part 3 In March 1907, forest reserves were renamed national forests. That same year, President Theodore Roosevelt was advised to withdraw large portions of the public domain from public use in … more
Excerpts from The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests: A History of the Lands and USDA Forest Service Tenure Authors Stephen Strausberg and Walter A. Hough put together a brief history … more
Authors Stephen Strausberg and Walter A. Hough put together a brief history of the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests and the research was published in 1997. The Ouachita and … more
The Newton County Draft War was the last armed incident of the documented Arkansas draft wars, as well as one of the most colorful, as word of the “Cecil Cove Slackers” spread to national … more
The History of Arkansas Elk:Elk were once common throughout North America, including Arkansas. Due to decreasing habitat, their numbers slowly dwindled. The species of Elk that was native to Arkansas … more
The national organization known as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Ohio in 1874. It opened its first chapter in Arkansas in 1879. Arkansas’s earliest temperance … more
The national organization known as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Ohio in 1874. It opened its first chapter in Arkansas in 1879. Arkansas’s earliest temperance … more
The national organization known as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Ohio in 1874. It opened its first chapter in Arkansas in 1879. Arkansas’s earliest temperance … more
Caption states: "School house and city hall Quincy, Ark." circa 1908." According to sources, Quincy is located in Newton County near Sam's Throne on the Lurton side. more
When you think high-tech, what comes to mind? Wi-Fi? Artificial intelligence? Smart phones with more computing horsepower than the Apollo moon missions? A century ago, radio was the high tech of the … more
The Newton County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of our historical heritage. This year we are sponsoring a Veteran History Project that will honor veterans and helps collect the … more
The Devil's Knob fire tower in 1914 and today. This fire tower is located in Johnson County on the Pleasant Hill Ranger District. At one time, there were about 121 fire towers in Arkansas. Today, … more
For many years, the region around Prim, Arkansas has been known for its large round sandstone boulders, commonly ranging in diameter from 1 foot (0.3 m) to 4 feet (1.3 m). These boulders are not … more
As we deal with the pandemic, getting to see your family doctor is a blessing for sure. So knowing how and what to communicate to your doctor is something that we all need to think about. We need to … more
For many years, the region around Prim, Arkansas has been known for its large round sandstone boulders, commonly ranging in diameter from 1 foot (0.3 m) to 4 feet (1.3 m). These boulders are not … more
For many years, the region around Prim, Arkansas has been known for its large round sandstone boulders, commonly ranging in diameter from 1 foot (0.3 m) to 4 feet (1.3 m). These boulders are not … more
Visitors to Jasper might want to know more about its history. There are several markers on buildings in the historic business district, but for a better understanding about what was, or still is, … more
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