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Welcome to the new 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
Bayou Fourche

In September 1863, Confederate forces attempted to stop Union forces as they advanced on Little Rock (Pulaski County). The last major fighting before the fall of the city occurred on September 10 at the Engagement at Bayou Fourche, near the present-day Little Rock National Airport. Confederate forces were driven from the field in defeat, resulting in the evacuation of the capital city and its surrender and Union occupation shortly afterward.

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This Day in Arkansas History
May 24, 1844

William Allen Clark, one of Arkansas’s “preacher-editors,” was born near Rossville, Indiana. For nearly fifteen years, he occupied the editorial chair of one of Arkansas’s largest denominational newspapers, the old Arkansas Baptist, and was a pivotal figure in the Landmark Baptist movement within the state. Early in 1877, he became pastor of the Dardanelle Baptist Church in Yell County. His later pastorates included Helena (Phillips County); Hot Springs (Garland County); Sulphur Springs (Garland County); Bristol, Tennessee; and Chico and Alpino, California.

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