Jan. 18: 60th anniversary of Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Region: Upper Delta
Davidsonville Historic State Park in Pocahontas turns 60 in 2017. Legislative Act 418 approved the preservation of Old Davidsonville on March 28, 1957. On January 18, 1974, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Now called Historic Davidsonville State Park, the park preserves the site of historic Davidsonville in Randolph County. Established in 1815, the town included the Arkansas Territory's first post office, courthouse, and land office. Bypassed by the Southwest Trail, an overland route from St. Louis to the border of Mexico, the town faded by the 1830s. The park includes historical markers, a walking trail at the old village, and two pioneer cemeteries. In recent years, the park added two “ghost structures,” open frameworks that outline the appearance of a two-story dogtrot-style dwelling and the two-story courthouse. In 2016, the park opened a new visitors center.