The Arkansas Posts

The Arkansas Posts (HM21RK)

Location: Gillett, AR 72055 Arkansas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 1.006', W 91° 20.679'

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1686 — 1863

—Two Centuries of Settlement on the Arkansas River —

Arkansas Post was not a single fort and trading center. From
1686 until 1863 there were no fewer than seven posts on the
Arkansas River between here and the Missişsippi. The flags
of five nations flew over them.

The 1686 post of Frenchman Henri de Tonti — the initial
Arkansas Post — was the first European settlement in the
lower Mississippi Valley, predating New Orleans by 32 years.
Succeeding military and trading posts under French and
Spanish rule operated here until 1804 when the United
States flag first flew over the Post of Arkansas.

In 1819 Arkansas Post became capital of Arkansas
Territory. After Little Rock was founded in 1821, the
capital moved there, and Arkansas Post declined in
political importance. Union forces captured the
Confederate fort here in January 1863, destroying
much of the town.
HM NumberHM21RK
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 652845 N 3765250
Decimal Degrees34.01676667, -91.34465000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 1.006', W 91° 20.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 1' 0.36" N, 91° 20' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1741 Old Post Rd, Gillett AR 72055, US
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