March 29 - April 1, 1864. Union troops in Arkadelphia.
▷ We previously began at Hot Spring County and Rockport, ending at Caddo Valley where US 67 joins with Arkansas 7, which is our starting point.
▷ US 67 at Arkansas 7, Caddo Valley ARTurn left (southward) onto US 67 for 550 feet. This point can also be reached by taking I-30 Exit 78 Caddo Valley.
▷ Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor Center, Caddo Valley ARA marker is located at the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor Center. Continue on US 67 S for 0.5 mile, crossing the Caddo River.
▷ US 67 at Old Military Road, Clark County ARAlthough not part of this route, the Military Road leads westward, continuing across the center of the county into the hills in the western part of Clark County that borders the Little Missouri River. Steele proceeded with his army to Arkadelphia to await the arrival of Brigadier General John M. Thayer with his troops coming from Fort Smith.
▷ Old Military Road at US 67, Clark County ARContinue on US 67 South for 3.5 miles. In the Arkadelphia city limits, US 67 is also North 10th Street.
▷ Barkman House, US 67 at Henderson St, Arkadelphia AROn the left (east side) is the Barkman House. Continue on 10th Street/US 67 for 0.2 miles to the intersection of US 67 and Pine Street/Dr. M. L. King Jr.
▷ US67/10th Street at Pine Street, Arkadelphia ARContinue (southward) to follow US 67 a total of 0.8 miles southward along North 10th Street.
▷ US67/10th Street at Caddo Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn left (eastward) onto Caddo Street for 4 blocks.
▷ US 67/Caddo Street at North 6th Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn right (southward) onto South 6th Street. Travel 0.4 miles to Laurel Street.
▷ US67/S 6th Street at Laurel Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn left (westward) onto Laurel Street then right (southward) into the parking lot on the north side.
▷ Clark County Historical Museum and Amtrak station, Arkadelphia ARThis is the Clark County Historical Museum and Amtrak station. Exit on the south side.
▷ Exiting museum/station on Walnut Street, ArkadelphiaTurn right (westward) onto Walnut Street (do not cross the railroad tracks to east).
▷ Walnut Street at US67/South 6th Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn right (northward) onto South 6th Street/US67 to make your way back to Pine Street.
▷ US 67/S 6th Street at US 67/Caddo Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn left (westwward) onto Caddo Street.
▷ US 67/Caddo Street at US 67/North 10th Street, Arkadelphia ARTurn right (northward) onto North 10th Street.
▷ US 67/North 10th Street, ArkadelphiaTurn left (westward) onto Pine Street/Dr. M.L. King Jr. for about 2.1 miles, crossing I-30. Be in the left lane. This point can be reached by taking I-30 Exit 73 Arkadelphia.
▷ Pine Street at Arkansas 51S/26WJust west of I-30, use the left lane to turn left (westward) onto onto Arkansas 51 South/Arkansas 26 West. Travel about 9.5 miles toward Hollywood.
▷ Arkansas 26 at Arkansas 51 SBear right to stay on Arkansas 26 W toward Antoine for 4.8 miles.
▷ Arkansas 26 at Arkansas 53, Hollywood ARArrive in Hollywood at Arkansas 26/Arkansas 53.
▷ This brings us to the next point of interest, Hollywood and Terre Noire Creek.
The Military Road and Confederate Manufacturing Markers
A Civil War Sesquicentennial marker is located at the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor Center at 124 Valley St. in Caddo Valley, on the left (eastern) side of the highway. The two-sided marker outlines the roles of the Military Road and of Arkadelphia in the Confederate war effort.
The Military Road Marker
Confederate Manufacturing Marker
Arkadelphia has been the county seat of Clark County since 1842. Originally known as Blakeleytown, it was a farming and trade center and had early schools. The Arkadelphia Institute, a school for boys and girls, opened in 1850. The Arkansas School for the Blind was established there in 1859. As the Civil War progressed, these schools closed. Soldiers of the invading Union Army ransacked the building of the Arkadelphia Institute during their brief stay in Arkadelphia. The Union Army left the city on April 1 when Thayer had not arrived from Fort Smith with his forces.
Clark County Historical Museum
Michael Bozeman House
Shelby's Forces Attack Steele's Forces
Confederate General J. O. Shelby began a series of attacks on the advancing Union Army on April 1 shortly after General Steele's forces departed Arkadelphia. The purpose was to delay and harass the federals while Confederate forces ahead of the Union Army prepared for more serious engagements. Brigadier General Samuel Rice of the Union Army had the task of providing the rearguard for the advancing army in the skirmishing near Arkadelphia, and he did this successfully.
Hollywood Methodist Church
This brings us to the next point of interest, Hollywood and Terre Noire Creek.