The Big Rock and the Little Rock

The Big Rock and the Little Rock (HM26ZX)

Location: Little Rock, AR 72201 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 44.941', W 92° 15.987'

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La Petite Roche Historical Walk

Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe was the first
European explorer to record the existence of a large
rocky bluff on the north bank of the Arkansas River.
According to his journal, La Harpe named it le Rocher
Français ("the French Rock") on April 9, 1722. It
later became known as the Big Rock. The French
referred to the smaller outcropping on the south bank
as le Petit Rocher ("the Little Rock"). The name first
appeared on a 1799 French map of the area. The first
official reference to Little Rock occurred in the Treaty
of 1818, indicating the northernmost point of the
Quapaw reservation. An August 20, 1822, article in
the Arkansas Gazette described the rock: "It projects
several feet into the river, forming below it a fine basin
for boats, and its top reaches perhaps about midway
between low water mark and the summit of the bank
of the river. The name Little Rock was given to it by
the aborigines or the early white settlers of the county
to distinguish it from the Big Rock." In the 1950s, la
Petite Roche became the accepted spelling based on
local scholar Samuel D. Dickinson's suggestion.
HM NumberHM26ZX
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 567142 N 3845455
Decimal Degrees34.74901667, -92.26645000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.941', W 92° 15.987'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 56.46" N, 92° 15' 59.22" W
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Area Code(s)501
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock AR 72201, US
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