Arkansas August 07, 2018
The Ancient Town In Arkansas That’s Loaded With Fascinating History
Arkansas history certainly dates back further than when it was grated statehood in 1836. Our state has some interesting historical points including the oldest territory, the Arkansas Post, which was founded in 1686. There’s also Georgetown, the oldest settled area dating back to 1789. Today’s focus is on one of the state’s oldest city, Batesville. Although most Arkansans are well familiar with the city, not many know about its interesting history. Let’s scroll though some historic photographs of the town while we learn about Batesville’s fascinating past.
From the Arkansas Post to Georgetown, our state is dotted with historically-rich communities.
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Pictured: Georgetown's railroad depot. Circa 1900.
The area of Batesville was one of the first territories to be ceded to the United States.
The Osage Native Americans ceded the territory in 1808 by treaty. This was one of the only territories in the state that wasn't returned to the Native Americans at any point. Before becoming "Batesville," the area was known as Napoleon and Poke Creek.
Pictured: Ramsey's Ferry, across the White River at Batesville. Circa 1928.
Because of Batesville's location, the town was destined to attract people.
The area was the perfect stop along the White River for traders to exchange cargo. Batesville's shore became a central gathering place for fur trades and later warehouses as well as supply stores.
Pictured: U.S. Engineer Dipper Dredge "No. 3301," on the White River near Batesville. Circa September 1938.
Batesville soon became a full-fledged town by 1821. The town was an essential aid in supplying goods to traveling traders.
Groceries and other provisions were sold in town in exchange for the traders' furs and hides. Things have certainly changed over the years!
Pictured: J. K. Southerland’s store in Batesville. Circa 1950s.
The town was also a central hot spot for the medical field as well.
This was in spite of a long lasting feud between two Batesville doctors. Dr. Phillip P. Burton accused Dr. Trent C. Aikin of medical malpractice in 1841. Aikin did actually misdiagnose the patient (which lead to her death) but the feud peaked when Burton's son was shot and fingers pointed to Aikin. The judge found Aikin not guilty but the families continued to squabble for years.
Pictured: Independence County Courthouse, Batesville. Circa 1950s.
Today the town is a peaceful place to visit.
It's the perfect stop before adventuring along the White River or taking on the climb at Jamestown Crag.
Where’s your favorite historic Arkansas town? Share interesting tidbits with us in the comments below!
interesting history that wasn’t in the textbooks. And most Arkansans don’t know about the state’s other diamond mine.