March 6, 1836
Davy Crockett was killed by the Mexican army during the final day of the Battle of the Alamo. The legendary frontiersman and congressman had passed through Arkansas on his way from Tennessee to Texas in 1835. While at a Little Rock (Pulaski County) banquet given in his honor, he reportedly stated, “If I could rest anywhere it would be in Arkansas, where the men are of the real half-horse, half-alligator breed such as grow nowhere else on the face of the universal earth but just around the backbone of North America.” One of Crockett’s grandsons, Robert Crockett, became the first mayor of Stuttgart (Arkansas County) after the town incorporated in 1889. The village of Crockett’s Bluff (Arkansas County) was named in honor of Robert Crockett.