A number of aged relics located around Arkansas are a great physical reminder of bygone eras. History enthusiasts and explorers will want to have a look around the Natural State at places that are now either protected as historic locations, submerged underwater or diminished to a small population (or no population at all) living among structures that have been standing for what seems like forever.
10. Arkansas Post
Situated along the north side of the Arkansas River, Arkansas Post is a community that has been established as territory since 1686. The area is recognized as both a National Memorial and National Historic Landmark.
VIDEO Located between the towns of Arkadelphia and Alpine, the once thriving lumber town of Graysonia is now empty of residents. Only the foundations of a few buildings remain in the area.
Bruno, located in Marion County, is home to five listed locations on the National Register of Historic Places: Aggie Hall (pictured), Aggie Workshop, the Bruno School Building, Hirst-Matthew Hall, the Pea Ridge School Building, and Rick Satter's Little Farm.
The ghost town of Sneed is located in Jackson County. After an F5 tornado hit the town on April 10, 1929, the area was destroyed. The population deserted the town, leaving the area empty other than evidence of storm cellars.
Located in Desha County, the ghost town of Napoleon was once the area's county seat. After a flood in 1874, the town was completely submerged. Remains of the town can be found on the Mississippi river sandbars, and the town's iron church bell has been relocated to McGehee.
5. Monte Ne
VIDEO Located on the edge of Beaver Lake just east of Rogers, Monte Ne was once a thriving resort town at the beginning of the 20th-century. Now an underwater ruin, the area is still especially popular with canoeists and scuba divers who enjoy looking at the submerged structures.
4. Dogpatch USA
Now rediscovered by a new generation of artists and musicians, Dogpatch USA in northwest Arkansas enjoyed a boom period during the late 1960s to the late 1980s. The park fell into abandoned disrepair for more than 20 years. The remains of the park are still there although the land is privately owned with two public events taking place on the abandoned grounds in 2014 and 2015.
3. Toltec Burial Mounds
VIDEO The Toltec Mounds Site in Lonoke County is a recognized U.S. National Historic Landmark. The location is an archaeological site on the banks of Mound Lake. Toltec is recognized as having tallest surviving prehistoric mounds in the state.
2. Chalk Bluff
Once the location of a number of Civil War clashes, the town of Chalk Bluff is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remembered largely through markers on a walking trail along with battle re-enactments.
1. Rush Historic District
VIDEO Although the town of Rush in the Ozark Mountains was once a boom town for mining, technology hasn't touched the location in ages. The town has been left intact with structures dating from 1940 all the way back to 1880.
Educational and entertaining, these historic locations are wonderful examples of how well the Natural State preserves its history. Check them out while you’re out and about and traveling Arkansas. Share your thoughts about visiting these places and the memories made there. Did you feel as if you stepped into the past?