Volume 1, Number 2
The December issue of the Civil War Centennial Newsletter states that the Pea Ridge Memorial Association will erect three historical markers in addition to the reconstruction and dedication of the Pea Ridge Battle Grounds being developed by the Federal Government and the State of Arkansas.
A marker will be placed at Pott's Hill and will be dedicated on February 16, 1962. Markers will also be placed at Dunagin's Farm and a historic hotel in Bentonville.
According to the Newsletter other groups are sponsoring and raising money to pay for research and a marker at Cross Hollows Camp, Camp Walker, Smith's Mill, Camp Stephens, McKissick Springs, Camp McCulloch, Lindsey's Prairie and Maysville.
There were various military movements, camps and skirmishes throughout the White River Valley. Among other camp sites are Camp Forsyth, and Camp Hawkins. Several skirmishes or small battles took place at Forsyth, Beaver Mills on Beaver Creek and Dubuque, Arkansas just below the state line.
The development of the Wilson Creek and Pea Ridge battle grounds by the Federal Gov ernment and the marking of historical sites by the local communities will have considerable influence in attracting tourist into the region. Museums and historical sites have been rated second only to scenery in drawing tourists into an area.
The upper White River valley has many historical sites as yet unmarked. The White River Valley Historical Society stands ready and willing to assist in this important undertaking.
In due time the Society plans to publish an authentic map of historical sites. On such a map it would seem imprudent to include sites unmarked.
The White River valley is rich in historical assets of many kinds needing only their develop ment for the enjoyment of ourselves and those who visit our region. The question is, how long can we afford to neglect this important aspect of our cultural and economic development?
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