Historic Fayetteville Post Office Site History - Fayetteville AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Where's George
N 36° 03.745 W 094° 09.607
15S E 395521 N 3991494
Quick Description: This plaque, attached to the front of the historic Post Office building, describes the history of this site.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 6/11/2012 5:03:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMEM0E
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
THE EARLIEST KNOWN INHABITANTS OF THE HARDWOOD FOREST OF THE OZARKS

EMIGRATED TO ARKANSAS OVER 12 THOUSAND YEARS AGOTHROUGH THE GREAT BERING

STRAIT. FOR THE NEXT TWO THOUSAND YEARS BLUFF DWELLERS HUNTED THE MOUNTAIN

PLATEAUS BEFORE THE QUAPAWS, CHEROKEE AND OSAGEFISHED THE BOUNTIFUL

LAKES AND STREAMS AND HUNTED THE GRASSLAND PRAIRIES OF THE ARKANSAS

HIGHLANDS. BUFFALO HERDS ROAMED THIS AREA.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1819 THAT THE FIRST WHITE MAN SAW FAYETTEVILLE'S

HILLTOP TERRAIN. ON MARCH 2, 1819, CONGRESS CREATED THE ARKANSAS TERRITORY.

ON OCTOBER 17, 1819, WASHINGTON COUNTY WAS ESTABLISHED, AND FAYETTEVILLE

WAS CHOSEN AS THE CAPITAL SITE.

THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WERE AUTHORIZED IN 1834 BY CONGRESS TO

SELL 160 ACRES TO UNDERWRITE THE BUILDING OF A PROPER COURTHOUSE ON THIS

SQUARE. THE SALE THAT TOOK FROM 1835 - 1837 RAISED $6340.00 AND THE

COURTHOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1837.SEVERAL COURTHOUSES GRACED THIS SITE UNTIL

1911 WHEN THE "OLD POST OFFICE" WAS CONSTRUCTED.

DEDICATED TO THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE BY

DR. RONALD E. AND EDNA BUMPASS AND RON E. BUMPASS
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