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Oil in Arkansas — The Discovery

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El Dorado, Arkansas.
On January 10th, 1921, shortly after 4:00 P.M., on a cold January day, a deafening roar from a drilling rig one mile west of El Dorado announced the discovery of oil in Arkansas. Dr. Samuel Busey brought in the Armstrong #1 . . .

(Exploration • Natural Resources • Notable Events) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Oil in Arkansas — Chaos

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El Dorado, Arkansas.
Within a few short months El Dorado's population doubled, and, before the year was out, it doubled again before peaking two years later at over 40,000. With the population explosion came oilmen from Louisiana and Texas, but . . .

(Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Oil in Arkansas — The Smackover Field

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El Dorado, Arkansas.
A little over a year after the initial oil discovery by Dr. Busey, the Oil Operators Trust--Murphy #1, a wildcat well staked on a geologic feature called the Norphlet dome, drilled into the gas-cap of what would become the . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Places) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Oil in Arkansas — The Wildcatters

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El Dorado, Arkansas.
During the oil boom numerous individuals, or wildcatters, made their mark on the South Arkansas scene. H. L. Hunt, at one time the richest man in the world, opened a barrelhouse on Hamburger Row, made his financial stake . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Persons) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Graydon

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near Anahuac, Texas.
The farming community of Graydon flourished along the west fork of Double Bayou at the turn of the century. Benjamin F. Sterling (1831-1917), one of the earliest settlers in the area, brought his family here in 1869. He is . . .

(Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, GPS coordinates, map.

Chambersea

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Anahuac, Texas.
Built in 1845. Home of Thomas Jefferson Chambers, early civic and business leader whose love for Texas was proclaimed by the "Star" window in the west gable. The modest board-and-batten pioneer house has another unique . . .

(Notable Buildings) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

El Dorado Female Institute

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El Dorado, Arkansas.
Bennett. G. Clark and Sarah W. Clark deeded this land to William Rust, John H. Cornish, John R. Hampton, and William H. Hines, trustees of El Dorado Female Institute, in 1847. May 7, 1858 Albert Rust deeded additional land . . .

(Education • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

New Haven

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New Haven, Missouri.
Early prominent Missouri River port, New Haven was settled about 1805 and was first named Miller’s Landing for pioneer Philip Miller. The Pacific R.R. (MO. PAC.) reached here in 1855 and the town was laid out and renamed the . . .

(Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

1856 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot

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Washington, Missouri.
The first train arrived in Washington, Missouri, in 1855. That event confirmed Washington's position as the major transportation center in Franklin County. The railroad town's first railroad depot was destroyed in a Civil . . .

(Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

James Taylor White

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near Anahuac, Texas.
A veteran of the War of 1812, James Taylor White (b.1789) migrated to this area from Louisiana in 1828. As a rancher, he developed one of the largest herds of Longhorn cattle in southeast Texas. On White's ranch in June . . .

(Notable Persons • War, Texas Independence) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Mills Family Story

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Wilton, Arkansas.
In the fall of 1851, three Mills brothers headed west, one by water, one by land and one to Texas. This brought Joel Mills wife, Kitura Burke Bird and family from Henderson Co., Tennessee to Sevier County, now known as . . .

(Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Rocks to Rockets

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Rancho Cordova, California.
The moon room is the link between space exploration and Prairie City SVRA. This area was once home to the world's largest site for rocket engine development. This three story underground bunker was built to protect . . .

(Air & Space) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Fountain of Cantoya

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, Mexico.
Fuente de Cantoya Fue construida en el siglo XVIII por Felipe de Cantoya para beneficio de la ciudad. Su diseño destaca por el arco mixtilíneo, elemento distintivo de la arquitectura virreinal en Querétaro. Este tipo de . . .

(Architecture • Colonial Era • Man-Made Features) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

21st Battery, Indiana Light Artillery

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near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
21st Battery, Indiana Light Artillery 6 Napoleons Turchin's Brigade, Reynolds' Division, Thomas' Corps. September 19, 1863. Captain William W. Andrew, Commanding. 2d Lieutenant William E. Chess. 2d Lieutenant Abram P. . . .

(Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Peerless Cleaners and Hotel

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Marksville, Louisiana.
Full two story frame structure housing a business and hotel. Property originally owned by Madame Marc Eliché. Purchased in the 1940's by Jules Moreau for a "pressing shop". Also housed a tractor dealership at one time.

(Industry & Commerce) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

First Congregational Church of Charlotte

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Charlotte, Michigan.
This handsome brick church was completed in 1881. Seven persons organized the congregation in 1851 in nearby Carmel Township. Moving to Charlotte the next year, they held services in the wooden courthouse and in 1856 built . . .

(Churches & Religion) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Battle of Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On September 21, 1779 Col. Dickson commanding the British post at Baton Rouge Surrendered to Gov. Galvez and his American Allies. This tablet commemorates this One battle of the American Revolution On Louisiana soil And is . . .

(War, US Revolutionary) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Old State Capitol

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Old State Capitol River Road & North Blvd. Baton Rouge, Louisiana Erected 1847-48 Razed by fire 1862. Seat of State Government 1850-1862 1882-1932.

(Government • Notable Buildings) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Hazen's Brigade

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near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Hazen's Brigade Palmer's Division - Crittenden's Corps Brigadier General William B. Hazen. September 19, 1863, 2 P.M., 2d Position. 9th Indiana - Colonel Isaac C.B. Suman. 6th Kentucky - Colonel George T. Shackleford. 6th . . .

(Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Lankershim Train Depot

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North Hollywood, California.
Laying Tracks, and a Foundation for the Future Land is the secret to Southern California's prosperity, but it isn't worth much without a way to move the goods and services it generates. This modest wooden building on a small . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.
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