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economic landscape of 1864 Arkansas

economic landscape of 1864 Arkansas

In 1864, the economic landscape in Arkansas was very different from today. The map depicts 119 businesses. Of the 119 represented, there are seven stores, six tan yards, three salt works, two warehouses, two distilleries, one blacksmith, one hub shop, and a hat factory. The remaining ninety-six were mills.

Other notables on the original 1864 map included geographic features, including hills and mountains. Examination of natural phenomena represented revealed thirty-one named hills and mountains. To a geographer familiar with Arkansas, one that might stick out is the highest elevation in the state. Currently this mountain is known as Mount Magazine, it is labeled “Reveille Mountain” on the 1864 map. Local tales reveal that the Confederate army secretly stored weapons, powder and munitions in a cave on Mount Magazine (formerly Reveille Mt.). Within the past fifty years a legend has surfaced that a cave was found on the mountain that contained nineteenth century weapons, powder, and munitions. A preliminary investigation of the cave revealed that the munitions may have been unstable, as black powder looses its stability over long periods of time. Any archeological value that could be gleaned from the cave was outweighed by health and safety concerns. The cave was sealed with rocks and concrete and manicured with grass and plant life to cover any evidence of the original opening of the munitions storage, or powder magazine. Hence the name.