April 3, 1864. Shelby again attacked Steele's column at Okolona, but after a brisk engagement during a driving thunderstorm, the Union forces turned the Confederates back again.
▷ We previously began at Hollywood and Terre Noire Creek, and returned to the intersection of Arkansas 26 and Arkansas 53 in Hollywood, Arkansas, which is our starting point.
▷ Arkansas 26 at Arkansas 53, Hollywood ARTurn right (southward) off Arkansas 26 onto Arkansas 53. Continue 3 miles along 53.
▷ Arkansas 53 joins Arkansas 51, Clark County ARTurn right (southwestward) on Arkansas 53/51 and travel 0.8 miles.
▷ Arkansas 51 splits from Arkansas 53, Clark County ARContinue straight (southwestward) on Arkansas 51 toward Okolona when Arkansas 53 splits. Drive 7.5 miles.
▷ Arkansas 51/North Main Street at West 1st Street, Okolona ARIn Okolona, turn right (westward) onto West First Street, travel about 0.15 miles.
▷ W 1st Street at Smyrna Road/Clark County 16, Okolona ARTurn right (northward) onto Smyrna Road. Travel 0.8 mile along this gravel road to the Battle of the Bees marker, located on the left (west) side of the road.
▷ Battle of the Bees Marker (at side of road near barn), Clark County ARReturn 0.8 mile to W 1st Street.
▷ Smyrna Road at W 1st S, Okolona ARReturn to N Main Street/Arkansas 51.
▷ W 1st Street at S Main Street/Arkansas 51, Okolona ARTurn right onto N Main Street/Arkansas 51. Travel a couple of blocks.
▷ Fire Department, Okolona ARThe Okolona Fire Department is on the east (left) side of Arkansas 51, just south of the post office. There is a double-sided marker near the metal building. Follow Arkansas 51 about 10.7 miles (crossing I-30 around 8.5 miles) to US Highway 67.
▷ Arkansas 51 at US 67, Clark County, ARArrive at US 67.
▷ This brings us to our next point of interest is Elkins' Ferry.
The first settlers came into this area of Clark County in the 1830s and named Okolona after their previous home in northeastern Mississippi. Okolona got a post office in 1858 and once had stores, schools and banks, but it has declined steadily. The only business in the town today is the U. S. Post Office. The drive south down 51 and over I-30 to 67 is, however, historic and scenic.
Battle of the Bees Marker
Skirmishes at Okolona Marker
Fighting at Elkins' Ferry Marker
Roads to the River
The county roads to the Little Missouri are usable only for a short distance, and there is no longer a ferry or bridge over the river. The Byway follows other routes to approach Elkins' Ferry from the west side of the river.
Looking West Over the Hills South of Okolona
Rome Cemetery on Highway 51 North of I-30
This brings us to our next point of interest is Elkins' Ferry.