In February of 1820, Washington was authorized to have a post office. It is in operation today and is the oldest continuous use post office west of the Mississippi. Washington became a city on George Washington's birthday in 1824.
Below is a magnolia tree. Did you get that? 'A' tree. It is the oldest magnolia in Arkansas. It was planted in 1839. They say there is a bigger one in Texarkana- it must be really, really big!
|Look how tiny we look under this tree!|
|This building looks just like the courthouse in Jacksonport.|
The Smith said that the Union troops were afraid that every confederate soldier had a Bowie knife. In the surgeon's report from Pea Ridge, he reported that he had more blade injuries that gun shots. A gun might misfire but a knife never does was the motto of those folks that carried them.
After a wonderful visit at Old Washington we drove to White Oak Lake State Park. This was the stamping site for Poison Springs. There is a wonderful visitors center and great bathroom. Lots of camp sites. No cel service. It was also interesting to note that there was no leaf change here yet.
General Steele and his men camped here on their way to Camden.