Post National Memorial - In 1686, Henri de Tonti
established a trading post known as "Poste de Arkansea" at the
Quapaw village of Osotouy. It was the first semi-permanent French
settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley. The establishment of
the Post was the first step in a long struggle between France, Spain,
and England over the interior of the North American continent.
National River - The Buffalo River is one of the few
remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states
offering both swift-running and placid stretches. The Buffalo National
River encompasses 135 miles of the 150-mile long river. It begins as a
trickle in the Boston Mountains 15 miles above the park boundary.
Following what is likely an ancient riverbed, the Buffalo cuts its way
through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Ozarks
and into the White River. The national river has three designated
wilderness areas within its boundaries.
High School National Historic Site - Little Rock High
School, now Central High School National Historic Site, is a national
emblem of the often violent struggle over school desegregation.
Smith National Historic Site - Fort Smith National
Historic Site embraces the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal
Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Commemorating a significant
phase of America's westward expansion, it stands today as a reminder of
80 turbulent years in the history of Federal Indian Policy.
Springs National Park - People have used the hot
spring water in therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to
treat rheumatism and other ailments. The reservation eventually
developed into a well-known resort nicknamed "The American
Spa" because it attracted not only the wealthy but also indigent
health seekers from around the world. Today the park protects eight
historic bathhouses with the former luxurious Fordyce Bathhouse housing
the park visitor center. The entire "Bathhouse Row" area is a
National Historic Landmark District that contains the grandest
collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America.
Ridge National Military Park - Pea Ridge National
Military Park is a 4,300 acre Civil War Battlefield that preserves the
site of the March 1862 battle that saved Missouri for the Union.