The Crater of Diamonds State Park, located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Visitors to the park can search for diamonds and other gems in the park's 37.5-acre diamond field.
Bradley County, located in southern Arkansas, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to its earliest Native American inhabitants. The Caddo and Quapaw tribes were the original inhabitants of the region, living off the abundant natural resources and trading with other tribes in the area. European settlers first arrived in the late 18th century, and the county was officially established in December 1840.

During the antebellum era, Bradley County witnessed the growth of the cotton industry, which became the backbone of its economy. Large plantations owned by wealthy landowners thrived, relying on slave labor to cultivate and harvest the cotton crops. The county played a significant role in the cotton belt region and experienced a boom in population and wealth during this time.

The Civil War brought immense change to Bradley County, as it did for many areas in the southern United States. The county was divided in its loyalties, with some residents supporting the Union and others supporting the Confederacy. Battles were fought in nearby locations, and the county suffered significant damage during the conflict. The end of the war marked the beginning of a difficult period for the region as it struggled to rebuild and recover.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Bradley County transitioned from an agricultural economy to a more diversified one. Timber became an important industry, with numerous sawmills established in the area. The arrival of the railroads further boosted economic development and allowed for easier transportation of goods and people. Today, Bradley County is known for its timber and agriculture industries, as well as its contributions to the cultural heritage of Arkansas. The county continues to preserve its historical landmarks and celebrate its rich history.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Bradley County, Arkansas.

  • 1818 - Bradley County is created as part of the Arkansas Territory
  • 1820 - The first settlers, primarily farmers, begin to arrive
  • 1861-1865 - Bradley County is greatly affected by the American Civil War
  • 1871 - Warren is established as the county seat
  • 1883 - The railroad reaches Warren, stimulating economic growth
  • 1916 - Bradley County experiences a devastating fire that destroys much of downtown Warren
  • 1920s-1930s - The county struggles during the Great Depression, with many residents moving away in search of work
  • 1940s-1950s - Bradley County sees a resurgence in agriculture and timber industries
  • 1960s-1970s - The construction of new highways improves transportation and connectivity in the county
  • 1996 - Bradley County celebrates its bicentennial anniversary