What to know
Located in a restored 1912 Union Railroad Depot on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum contains exhibits honoring musician Louis Jordan, described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "the Father of Rhythm & Blues" and "the Grandfather of Rock 'n’ Roll." Jordan, a major 1930s blues/jazz star, was a Brinkley native. The displays include a bust of Jordan, photographs and a collection of his early 78 rpm records. It also focuses on the Louisiana Purchase survey of 1815 and on area railroads and other facets of local history. Serves as visitors' center for Brinkley and nearby Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park. Also located on the museum grounds is the 100 year old Arkansas Midland-MoPac depot from Monroe, AR and a furnished sharecropper house.