American Townsite

American Townsite (HM21RA)

Location: Gillett, AR 72055 Arkansas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.918', W 91° 20.669'

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1805 — 1840

—Frontier Settlement and Territorial Capitol —

In the early 1800's the land in front of you was an important
center of trade and government on the edge of the Arkansas River
wilderness. Here were the homes, stores, taverns, mills,
docks, and busy streets of the Post of Arkansas. This was
the capital of Arkansas Territory from its organization in
1819 until it moved to Little Rock in 1821. At the height of
the Post's importance in the 1820's and 1830's, the population
here was about 1,000.

What happened to the town? The Civil War forced river traffic to
cease, and in the resulting economic collapse, most residents left.
Bombardment by Union gunboats in 1863 destroyed much of the
village, and it did not recover after the war. Eventually railroads
and highways by-passed Arkansas Post, isolating it economically.
The Arkansas River has washed away part of the land where the
townsite stood.

Historic sites labeled here are located and described
by small markers. None of the structures remain standing
today. There were, of course, many other buildings,
including a law office, church, jail, blacksmith
shop, billiard parlor, and a girls' academy.
HM NumberHM21RA
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 652863 N 3765088
Decimal Degrees34.01530000, -91.34448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.918', W 91° 20.669'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 55.08" N, 91° 20' 40.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1741 Old Post Rd, Gillett AR 72055, US
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