Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasThere is a lot to report in this update regarding the Arkansas Toothpick and its publishing company. We have been getting a lot of incredible responses regarding the latest publication “Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas”. As of now this volume has a 5-Star rating and debuted as the #1 best seller on Amazon in the geography genre. Following is one of the several reviews left on Amazon:

When it comes to Civil War Arkansas, this resource is unparalleled. The amount of time and effort it must have taken for Ron and Randy to put this resource together is amazing. If you’re a student of CW Arkansas, this book is an ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE for your library. I’m in the process of writing a fictional CW novel, and it has been impossible finding reliable information on the “layout” of CW Arkansas. This book fixed that problem. I can finally “see” CW Arkansas as it was then, complete with its land, rivers, creeks, ferries, homes, churches, businesses, etc. This book is worth its weight in gold for anyone researching CW Arkansas.

To order your copy of this new Arkansas Toothpick Publishing, LLC volume “Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas” click HERE.

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American Queen in Helena

American Queen in Helena

In other news, the American Queen will pay Helena a visit on July 3. If you have never seen the Civil War sites in Helena and you are looking for something to do with the whole family on Father’s Day, then come on over to Helena, Arkansas this Sunday from 830am until noon. Hundreds of passengers will be on the largest steamboat on the Mississippi River and the Civil War sites (Fort Curtis and Freedom Park) will have living historians to help interpret the Civil War in the Arkansas Delta. It will be a great time to visit some of the local shops downtown and grab some lunch on Cherry Street. If you are interested in becoming a living historian or if you would like more info on becoming a volunteer tour guide at some of the Civil War sites in Helena, email us at

The Phillips County Chamber of Commerce invites community members and visitors alike are invited to downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shop, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:

Bailee Mae’s (209 Rightor) – open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Delta Cultural Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) – interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) – interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) – open for tours
Southbound (233 Cherry) – live music and a special brunch menu until 2:00pm
St. Mary’s Catholic Church (123 Columbia) – open for tours

The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are:July 3, September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.