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Arkansas Post National Memorial

In 1686, Henri de Tonti established a trading post known as "Poste de Arkansea" at the Quapaw village of Osotouy. It was the first semi-permanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley. The establishment of the Post was the first step in a long struggle between France, Spain, and England over the interior of the North American continent.

Plane - Little Rock, 100 miles to the northwest, is serviced by an international airport.


Car - Arkansas Post National Memorial is located in southeastern Arkansas. The entrance to the park is on Arkansas state road 169, nine miles south of Gillett, via U.S. 165 (The Great River Road), and about 17 miles northeast of Dumas, via U.S. 165.

FROM THE NORTH (Little Rock, AR): From Interstate 40 turn onto Interstate 30 south. South of Little Rock, exit onto Interstate 530 and continue to Pine Bluff. When Interstate 530 ends, exit to Highway 65. Follow Highway 65 to Gould, AR and turn left onto State Road 212. When 212 ends, turn left onto Highway 165, and cross over the Arkansas River. Continue on 165 for five miles, and turn right on State Road 169. Follow 169 two miles into the park.

FROM THE SOUTH (Lake Village, AR / Greenville, MS / Monroe, LA): Follow Highway 65 or 165 north to Dumas, AR. In Dumas, turn right at the stoplight onto Highway 165, and continue north for about 18 miles. T

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