Louisiana Purchase State Park

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Beginning Point of the Louisiana Purchase Survey
Louisiana Purchase State Park is located in Arkansas
Louisiana Purchase State Park
Nearest city Blackton, Arkansas
Coordinates 34°38′48″N 91°3′5″W / 34.64667°N 91.05139°W / 34.64667; -91.05139Coordinates: 34°38′48″N 91°3′5″W / 34.64667°N 91.05139°W / 34.64667; -91.05139
Area 37.5 acres
Built 1815
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72000206[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972
Designated NHL April 19, 1993[2]

Louisiana Purchase State Park, in Arkansas near Blackton, Arkansas, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993 under the title Beginning Point of the Louisiana Purchase Survey.[2][3] It is the point from which the lands acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 were subsequently surveyed. A granite marker was dedicated in 1926. The marker is located in a swamp, but is accessible by a 950 foot boardwalk.[3] The park encompasses 37.5 acres of swampland.[4]

A narrow road emerges from a dense forest of trees
A wooden boardwalk winds through a forest of tall, skinny trees a few inches above swamp water
A granite marker sits in the swamp water surrounded by trees with an inscription detailing its use marking the point of beginning of the Louisiana Purchase surveys and its placement in 1926
Top: Entrance to the park on Highway 362
Middle: Boardwalk leading to the marker
Bottom: The historical marker

It is located at the junction of Lee County, Monroe County, and Phillips County, 21 miles south of Brinkley or 13 miles northwest of Marvell on U.S. Route 49, then 2 miles east on Arkansas Route 362.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Beginning Point of the Louisiana Purchase Survey". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b William D. Baker (September 16, 1991). National Historic Landmark Nomination: Louisiana Purchase Survey Marker / Louisiana Purchase Initial Point Site PDF (808 KiB). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Louisiana Purchase State Park Brochure". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 

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