Arkansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which was the largest land acquisition in U.S. history, and the state was later admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

Little River County is located in southwestern Arkansas and has a rich and diverse history. It was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Caddo and Quapaw, who lived in the area for centuries before European settlers arrived.

The first European settlers in Little River County were French fur trappers and traders in the early 18th century. They established trading posts along the Little River, which gave the county its name. Little River County was officially created in 1867, after the end of the Civil War. It was carved out of parts of neighboring Sevier County and named after the river that flows through it.

During its early years, agriculture was the primary industry in Little River County. Farmers grew cotton, corn, and other crops, while timber was also an important resource. The county's economy began to diversify in the 20th century with the establishment of brick-making plants, oil and gas production, and manufacturing industries.

Little River County has also been the site of significant historical events. During the Civil War, the Battle of Wallace Creek took place here in 1864. This engagement, fought between Confederate and Union forces, resulted in a victory for the Union troops. The county has also experienced natural disasters, including floods and tornadoes, which have shaped its history.

Today, Little River County continues to be a rural area with a close-knit community. It is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and rich cultural heritage. The county's history is celebrated through local museums and historical sites, providing residents and visitors with a deeper understanding of its past.

  • 1867 - Little River County officially established
  • Late 1800s - Settlements established along the Little River and its tributaries
  • 1930s - Great Depression impacts the agricultural economy of the county
  • 1954 - Construction of Millwood Dam begins on the Little River
  • 1966 - Millwood Dam completed, creating Lake Millwood
  • 1970s - Timber industry becomes significant economic driver
  • 1990s - Decline of timber industry due to environmental regulations
  • 1996 - Ashdown becomes the county seat
  • 2000s - Diversification of economy with increased focus on tourism and recreation