April 5, 1873
Garland County was created from parts of Hot Spring, Montgomery, and Saline counties. Garland County, in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, is home to the nation’s first federal reservation, which later became Hot Springs National Park. It has a diverse economy supported by strong tourism, forestry, manufacturing, and regional medical facilities. Attractions such as the Magic Springs amusement park, quartz crystal mines, the Mid-America Museum, Oaklawn Park Thoroughbred Racetrack, and Hot Springs Mountain Tower draw thousands of visitors annually to the county.