Walks Through History
The “Walks through History” tour series features historic sites or districts around Arkansas each month. A historian with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will deliver a lecture about the properties while leading guests on a walking tour.
All tours are held on Saturdays, 11-1 p.m. – free and open to the public.
- July 18: Downtown Malvern
- August 15: Downtown Bradford (White County)
- September 12: Titan II ICBM Launch Complex 374-7 Site, Southside (Van Buren County)
- October 10: Cane Hill (Washington County)
- November 14: Batesville Commercial Historic District
- December 12: Washington Street Historic District, Camden
Downtown Malvern | July 18
Downtown Malvern Begin at the Hot Spring County Courthouse Co-sponsored by the Malvern Downtown Development Corporation, Hot Spring County Museum and the Hot Spring County Historical Society. Established as a station on the Cairo and Fulton Railroad line, Malvern incorporated in 1876 and two years later replaced Rockport as the Hot Spring County seat. Because of the area’s abundant clay deposits, brick production played an important role in Malvern’s economy beginning in the late 19th century. Acme Brick Company still operates a plant in the self-proclaimed “Brick Capital of the World.”
Downtown Bradford (White County) | August 15
Begin at the intersection of W. Main (Hwy. 87) and W. Second (Hwy. 367), Bradford. Co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society. Located in northeastern White County, Bradford traces its origin to 1872, when the Bradford Allen Station opened on the Cairo and Fulton Railroad line. Prior to that time, the area’s population was about six miles northeast of present-day Bradford on the White River at Old Grand Glaise. The railroad provided a means to ship produce, especially strawberries, to larger markets.
Titan II ICBM Launch Complex 374-7 Site, Southside (Van Buren County) | September 12
The site is located on the west side of U.S. Hwy. 65 about 3.5 miles north of Damascus and 1 mile south of the South Side Bee Branch School District. Co-sponsored by the Van Buren County Historical Society. The Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program was a Cold War weapons system with 54 launch complexes in three states, 18 of which were in Arkansas. Titan II missiles could be launched from within their silos in less than a minute and had a range of 5,500 miles. On September 19, 1980, Complex 374-7 became the site of the most highly publicized disaster of the Titan II program after its missile exploded within the launch duct, fatally injuring an Air Force airman.
Cane Hill (Washington County) | October 10
Begin at Cane Hill College Co-sponsored by Historic Cane Hill. Located 17 miles southwest of Fayetteville in Washington County, Cane Hill was first settled in the late 1820s by people from the Crystal Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock. The Cane Hill Collegiate Institute was chartered in 1850 and was one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in Arkansas. Cane Hill College closed in 1891, and the building was used as a public school until the 1950s.
Batesville Commercial Historic District | November 14
Batesville Commercial Historic District Begin at the Landers Theater Co-sponsored by Main Street Batesville and the Batesville Preservation Association. Named after Arkansas’s first territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress, James Woodson Bates, Batesville developed in the early 19th century where Poke Bayou flowed into the White River. The Independence County seat became a regional trading and shipping center, capitalizing on the availability of river and later, rail transportation. Downtown Batesville features many distinctive buildings constructed with locally-quarried stone.
Washington Street Historic District, Camden | December 12, 2015
Washington Street Historic District, Camden Begin at the McCollum-Chidester House Co-sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society. Known as Ecore Fabre until 1844, Camden grew into a regional trading center because of its location at the head of reliable navigation on the Ouachita River. The arrival of multiple railroad lines and the discovery of oil in south Arkansas brought continued prosperity for the Ouachita County seat. The Washington Street Historic District contains the homes of Camden’s most prominent residents from the last 150 years and provides the best representation of the town’s architectural history.