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Welcome to the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
Preacher Doke and Wife

Nathaniel Matton “Preacher” Doke was a Benton County pioneer, evangelist, entrepreneur, and benefactor. A Union veteran of the Civil War, Doke moved to northwest Arkansas in the mid-1880s, where he officiated as a Methodist minister until his death in 1919. Known to walk down the railroad tracks reading his Bible, the partially deaf minister was struck by a train and killed. He is shown here with his third wife, Eliza, in about 1890.

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This Day in Arkansas History
July 25, 1888

Prairie Grove (Washington County) was officially incorporated. Prairie Grove is best known for the Civil War battle that occurred there in 1862, but it has also been an important agricultural community in northwest Arkansas, with its rich prairie land watered by the Illinois River.

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