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Historic Nevada County




The History of Nevada County
Written for Harland McKelvy by Lawyer Thompkins about 1928, this article covers the creation by the Arkansas Legislature, first court, first settlement, first commissioners, and some early officials.
Formation of Nevada County
Some notes on the creation of Nevada County from Randolph Hamby's Officials of City of Prescott and Nevada County, Arkansas, 1950.
Prairie DeAnn Battlefield
The last strategic move by Federal troops west of the Mississippi River on April 10 - 13, 1864 ended in the defeat of the Federal Red River campaign. The troops turned and headed back to Little Rock, rather than continue the advance on the Red River ports. The same happened to the north prong of the attack at Mansfield, Louisiana. The Depot Museum displays many artifacts from the Civil War.
Iron Bridge
Built through local contributions raised at a community barbeque around 1900, the bridge made it easier to transport cotton to markets.
Indians in Nevada County
Large Indian villages were at several location when the settlers came were mostly friendly with no millitant confrontations. When the settler population grew, the Indians moved on.
Maps Showing the How the Counties of Arkansas Developed
Nevada County was formed on March 20, 1871, mostly from land in one of Arkansas' original five counties, Hempstead. By 1871, the land used to form Nevada County was in Hempstead, Columbia, and Clark counties.
Part of the Louisiana Purchase
The year 2003 marked the bicentennial of the United State's purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Nevada County was part of that purchase.
Early Settlement
With no roads and unreliable rivers, much of Arkansas, including present-day Nevada County, was slow to fill up with settlers. The Nevada County Depot and Museum features three men. Stephen Vaughan came up the Little Missouri early, perhaps as early as 1812. Meriwether Lewis Randolph purchased many tracts of land in Arkansas. Gad Bradly was a free black.
Civil War Exhibit
The museum has several artifacts from the Civil War. A biography features Captain William J. Blake, C.S.A. General Frederick Steele, the commanding general in Little Rock, was not eager to take up his role in the Red River Campaign.
History of the City of Prescott




Formation of the City of Prescott, Arkansas
Some notes on the formation of Prescott, Arkansas from Randolph Hamby's Officials of City of Prescott and Nevada County, Arkansas (1950).
City of Prescott 62 Years Old (in 1936)
An excerpt from "The Nevada News" printed on Wednesday, October 21, 1936. Documents formation, early officials, and some early history.
Business and Industry




Ozan Lumber Company
Organized in the latter part of the 1800's, has operated under various names and ownerships, but is still operating as part of the Potlatch Corporation.
Railroads in Nevada County
Beginning with Cairo and Fulton constructed beginning in 1872, railroads have long dominated Nevada County. The local lines, Prescott and Northwestern (founded in 1891 and still operated), and the Reader Railroad constructed in the 1920s to accomodate the oil fields at Waterloo and the timber industry. Today, the Union-Pacific line runs through the north part of the county.
Past Industries
Nevada County has been home to industries such as furniture factories, stave mills, pickle factories, vegetable packing sheds, a cotton oil mill, and 13 cotton gins.
History of the Schools




Rural Schools in Nevada County
Once the home of 54 school districts of the one- and two-room variety, the county now has 3 school districts. (More Coming Soon)
Oak Grove School District
One of the early consolidated all-black school districts in the State of Arkansas, severed the southern part of Nevada County while the Upchurch school served the northern part of the county.
McRae Schools
All black school in Prescott from 1908-1969, was built on land donated by Governor McRae's family.
Historic Churches




Carolina Methodist Church
Probably one of the earliest organized churches in Nevada County, located east of Rosston.
Fairview United Methodist Church
Organized in 1922. Also had Rocky School and Rocky College.
Ebenezer Methodist Church
Built around 1904, also had a school.
Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church
Orginally organized as William's Chapel around 1888.
Cothran Chapel C.M.E. Church
Founded around 1870 as part of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.
Midway Methodist Church
Since 1861.
Rocky Hill United Methodist Church
Founded around 1908.
Emmet Methodist Church
Methodism was organized in Emmet as early as 1855
New Salem United Methodist Church
Established around 1884, the original log church stood 37 years
Mt. Moriah Church
Now in the third building, the church was founded in 1857. The first County Court was held on its grounds.
Moscow Church
A big tree along the side of the road by the church had a big knot on it up high, evidently from a Civil War cannonball!
Pleasant Hill Church
Nubbin Hill Church
Biographies




Martin White Greeson
Greeson's Hard Work Built Dam, an article written by John Miller and published the Nevada County Picayune on July 5, 1995 is a summary of Greeson's efforts to build Narrow's Dam at Murfreesboro and the lake resulting from his efforts.
Arkansas Governor Thomas C. McRae
Governor McRae was from Prescott. The Museum has an entire showcase full of memoribilia from the Governor including his masonic bible, a side saddle, spinning wheel, and more, along with numerous books and documents pertaining to the Governor's career.
Mike
The mystery character died in Prescott in 1911, his identity unknown.
Virginia Dell Cassidy
The mother of the 42nd President of the United States was born in Nevada County.
Home, Farm and City




Household
The Depot Museum has quite a selection of household items.
Gee Estate
The Depot Museum has received a contribution of several artifacts from the estate of John Henry Gee.
Farm Equipment
The Depot Museum has many pieces of farm equipment in its display areas.
Fire Departments
The Depot Museum has a collection of equipment used at fire departments.
Office Equipment
The Depot Museum has several pieces of office equipment.
Cameras
The Depot Museum has a nice collection of cameras.
Life and Times








World War I
The Depot Museum has many artifacts from World War I.
World War II
The Depot Museum has many artifacts from World War II.
Railroads In Nevada County




Cairo and Fulton Railroad, Iron Mountain Railroad, Missouri-Pacific Railroad, Union-Pacific Railroad


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