Walks Through History
The “Walks through History” tour series features historic sites or districts around Arkansas each month. The tours are organized by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All tours are held on Saturdays and begin at 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise indicated, and last between one and two hours. An AHPP historian delivers a lecture about the properties while leading guests on a walking tour. All tours are free and open to the public.
Walks Through History Schedule
- 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
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. 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 6,000 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, 14219 College Road, Cane Hill. 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
Begin at the Landers Theater, 332 E. Main Street, Batesville. 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
Begin at the McCollum-Chidester House, 926 Washington Street, Camden. 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.