November 29, 1842
Ouachita County was founded, named after the Ouachita River. Its county seat is Camden. The county has been home to a thriving paper industry, as well as Grapette Soda, Camark Pottery, and the Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot. Ouachita County also provided Arkansas with three governors: George Washington Hays, Benjamin Travis Laney Jr., and David Hampton Pryor.