Birth of a CityIn 1866 General Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with about 1,000 workmen, pitched camp in the vicinity of what is now Front Street on land belonging to the Izard and Prewett families. By 1868 they had succeeded in making a cut through Crowley's Ridge and laying track for the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. The county surveyor, John C. Hill, drew the plat for a town on March 1, 1869, and on May 11, 1870, the community was officially incorporated as Forrest City. Within a year trains were running regularly, and Front Street was thriving business district. By 1892 most of the buildings were brick, and many of those early brick structures are still a part of this historic site.
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|Date Added||Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 702143 N 3876207|
|Decimal Degrees||35.00831667, -90.78473333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 0.499', W 90° 47.084'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 0' 29.94" N, 90° 47' 5.04" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 500-598 Front St, Forrest City AR 72335, US|
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