Author Archive: adriane.barnes@arkansas.gov

Council Oak

  The site of the legendary Council Oaks in Dardanelle is believed to be the site of a major treaty between the Cherokee Nation and the territory of Arkansas in June 1823. However, there is no evidence of a signed…
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Amity Magnolia

This tree is across the highway from the Amity Post Office and has certainly witnessed a lot of history for the area including providing shade for an open court used by “Judge” or “Squire” Ketchum. This large magnolia is a…
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Mail Carrier Smith Catalpa

John H. Smith came to Hempstead County in 1824 when he was seven years old. In 1831, when he was 14 years old, John H. Smith carried the mail 180 miles on horseback from Washington, Arkansas to Natchitoches, Louisiana. It…
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Royston House Magnolia

General Grandison Royston was the one of the city fathers of Washington. General Royston was a general in the Mexican War, cousin of President Zachary Taylor, a plantation owner, a prominent lawyer, served as a delegate to the First Arkansas…
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CCC Blue Spruce

Dakota where spruce trees are more common. CCC Company #3795 constructed the buildings in this area of the park as part of Camp #2 (1934-1942). The nominated tree is to the right of the front door as you stand facing…
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Old State House Trees

All the trees on the Old State House Museum grounds are recognized because of their location on the grounds of the first capitol building of Arkansas for 170 years. They are shown in historic photographs of the Old State House…
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Lorance Creek Tree Community

Lorance Creek Natural Area in an example of various wetland communities occurring at the transition of the West Gulf Coastal Plain and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (Delta).  It is primarily a swamp that spreads out along both sides of Lorance…
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Pine City Tree Community

Pine City Natural Area supports fairly extensive stands of loblolly pine forest, which are among the last remaining high-quality stands of that type in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.  It is within a region of about 500 square miles, primarily in…
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Headwaters Swamp Tree Community

  This is the location of National Landmark monument for the Louisiana Purchase Land Surveys – “Headwaters swamps occur in ancient glacial outwash channels that are similar to shallow basins or bowls. These swamps are unusual because they are self-contained…
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Cotter Bridge Cottonwood

This is the largest/oldest tree in Big Spring Park at the base of the Cotter Bridge which is a historic Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cotter Bridge spans the White River at U.S….
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