Old Map of Arkansas by J.H. Colton, 1855: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Van Buren
Old Map of Arkansas by J.H. Colton, 1855: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Van Buren
Old Map of Arkansas by J.H. Colton, 1855: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Van Buren

Old Map of Arkansas by J.H. Colton, 1855: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Van Buren

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the United States with this stunning old map of Arkansas, meticulously crafted by J.H. Colton in 1855. This period piece hails from a time when the United States was still in its infancy, a mere 79 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It offers a unique glimpse into the early stages of American development, capturing the essence of an era when many of the settlements we know today were yet to be founded.

This map is a testament to the unrivaled skill and precision of J.H. Colton, widely regarded as the finest American mapmaker of his time. His maps are renowned for their accuracy and attention to detail, and this piece is no exception. It showcases the region of Arkansas as it was in 1855, complete with the borders and place names of the time. As you explore this map, you will find that many of these names and borders have changed over the past 150 years, reflecting the dynamic nature of American history.

The map features the five most notable settlements in Arkansas during 1855: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, and Van Buren. Each of these settlements holds a unique place in the history of Arkansas, and their depiction on this map serves as a testament to their historical significance. Little Rock, the state capital, is prominently displayed, as are the bustling towns of Fort Smith and Fayetteville. Pine Bluff and Van Buren, though smaller in size, are equally significant in the history of the state.

As you delve deeper into this map, you'll discover a wealth of historical details waiting to be uncovered. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a map collector, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this old map of Arkansas by J.H. Colton is a must-have addition to your collection.

Towns and Settlements in Arkansas (1855)

  • Little Rock (1821): Known as the state capital and most populous city of Arkansas, it was originally named "La Petite Roche" by French explorers.
  • Fort Smith (1817): Established as a western frontier military post, it later became a vital center for law and order in the Wild West.
  • Fayetteville (1828): Named after General Lafayette, a French hero of the American Revolutionary War, it's home to the University of Arkansas.
  • Pine Bluff (1832): A key player in the state's timber industry, it was originally named "Pine Bluff Town" due to its location on a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River.
  • Van Buren (1831): Named after President Martin Van Buren, it was an important port on the Arkansas River during the steamboat era.
  • Bentonville (1837): Known as the birthplace of the retail giant Walmart.
  • Hot Springs (1807): Famous for its naturally heated springs, it was a popular destination for rest and recuperation.
  • Arkadelphia (1839): Known for its educational institutions, including Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University.
  • Batesville (1810): One of the oldest towns in the state, it was a significant transportation hub during the steamboat era.
  • Camden (1836): A significant port city on the Ouachita River, it was originally named "Ecore a Fabri" by French traders.
  • Clarksville (1836): Named after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, it's home to the University of the Ozarks.
  • Conway (1851): Known for its higher education institutions, including the University of Central Arkansas.
  • El Dorado (1843): A boomtown during the 1920s oil rush, it was originally named "Three Creeks".
  • Eureka Springs (1852): Known for its Victorian architecture and natural springs, it's a popular tourist destination.
  • Helena (1833): A key site during the Civil War, it was the starting point of the Expedition of the Thousand.
  • Hope (1852): Birthplace of former President Bill Clinton.
  • Jonesboro (1859): An agricultural hub, it's home to Arkansas State University.
  • Magnolia (1853): Known for its annual Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff.
  • Monticello (1849): Home to the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
  • Russellville (1835): Known for its nuclear power plant, the only one in Arkansas.

Native American Tribes in Arkansas (1855)

  • Caddo Tribe: Occupied the southwestern regions of Arkansas.
  • Osage Tribe: Controlled the northern part of the state.
  • Quapaw Tribe: Inhabited the eastern regions along the Mississippi River.

Notable Natural Features in Arkansas (1855)

  • Arkansas River: The largest river in the state, a key transportation route.
  • Ouachita Mountains: Known for their unique east-west orientation.
  • Hot Springs National Park: Known for its thermal springs, a popular health resort.
  • Buffalo National River: The first national river in the United States.
  • Mammoth Spring: One of the largest springs in the United States.

Historical Events in Arkansas (1810-1855)

  • Arkansas Territory Established (1819): The territory was officially organized on March 2, 1819.
  • Statehood (1836): Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
  • Mexican War (1846-1848): Arkansas troops played a key role in the war with Mexico.
  • First State Fair (1851): The first state fair was held in Helena in October 1851.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of USA and North America maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

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I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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