Historic Washington County Arkansas website
Author: Arlen Dee (A D) Poole
This Historic Washington County Arkansas site was built to allow viewers
to understand the importance of places to the history and development
of the County. Many of these places are no longer in existence but were
where early settlers lived and died, and in some cases, what happened
there influenced developments in other parts of the area.
I am a past president of Washington County Historical Society, and board
member of Heritage Trails Partners. Initial inspiration for this site
came from a booklet, Historic Washington County, written by Walter Lemke,
Society founder and published by the Historical Society in 1952. Some
of the historical material contained in the site comes from the Society's
quarterly journal Flashback and other Society publications. Work with
Heritage Trails Partners has made me more aware of Trail of Tears,
Butterfield Stage and Civil War events which are documented on the
Historic Sites page.
The author of the site grew up in and just
west of Fayetteville and graduated from the University of Arkansas. My
great-great-great grandfather, Mastin Petty Pool, came to eastern
Washington County in 1854. During my high school and college years, I
was fortunate to be able to travel the roads of the County while working
for my father, Russell "Lefty" Poole, and saw many of these places
when they were still active, even if with a single general store.
I must recognize the help of John Wilson at CAST at the University of
Arkansas in preparing the maps using data from the Arkansas GeoStor
facilty and the MapWindow software. I must also acknowledge the support
of my wife, Janet, by allowing me to spend hours at the computer and
I hope the viewer will enjoy the information and pictures here as I have
enjoyed recalling old memories and learning many new things about
historic Washington County.
To return to Washington County Map,click here!