I’ve scoured the internet just for you, dear readers. This time I was hunting for the oldest photos in Arkansas, and oh my stars did I find a treasure trove. Below you’re going to find 13 of the oldest photos taken in the Natural State, the date range of these gems runs from just after the Civil War to 1915. From a youthful Cy Young training in Little Rock to poultry farming like you’ve never seen it before, these pictures offer unique glimpses into Arkansas’s past. Let’s check it out.

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What did you think of the oldest photos of Arkansas? It’s always wild to take a look back through old photos and see how far we’ve come. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these types of articles in the comments below!

Still want to keep scrolling for more historic photos? Check out our previous article where we take a look at some of the mind-blowing photos of Arkansas’s agricultural heritage.  And to learn some history you may not have heard about in school, read this one.

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What is the oldest town in Arkansas?

For history lovers, visiting old town can be quite the treat. Founded in 1821, Batesville is the oldest city in Arkansas but there’s actually a little settlement in Arkansas that was founded long before Batesville, and that’s Georgetown, which was first settled in 1789.  It is considered the oldest continuously settled area in Arkansas, while Batesville holds the honor for being the oldest city in Arkansas. Both Batesville and Georgetown are lovely areas that are perfect for the history lover looking to take a glimpse into Arkansas’ past.

What are the oldest hotel in Arkansas?

For an enchanting and historical stay, visit the Capital Hotel in Arkansas. Established in 1877, this majestic beauty is the oldest hotel in Arkansas, and you can find it in the heart of Little Rock, Arkansas. Fully restored in 2007, the modern luxury hotel features four stories, a beautiful Victorian facade, and beautiful Corinthian pilasters. The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and is a local landmark.

Is Arkansas a great place to live?

We think so! One of Arkansas’ nicknames is “The Land of Opportunity,” and we couldn’t agree more. The Natural State is home to abundant wilderness areas including mountains, caves, rivers, hot springs, and so much more. For the urban explorer, major cities like Fayetteville, Little Rock, and Hot Springs all offer endless amenities to enjoy, and small-town Arkansas life is always delightfully charming with beautiful main streets lined with local shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

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