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.
Lonoke County, Arkansas has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Quapaw and Osage, who utilized the land for hunting and farming. European settlers began arriving in the area in the early 19th century, establishing small settlements along the banks of the White River.

The county itself was officially founded on April 16, 1873, during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. It was named after a nearby creek, which derived its name from an Osage word meaning "lone oak." The city of Lonoke, located within the county, became the county seat.

Agriculture played a central role in Lonoke County's early development, with cotton and rice being the primary crops. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further fueled economic growth in the county, as it facilitated the transportation of agricultural products to markets outside the region.

In the early 20th century, Lonoke County experienced significant social and economic changes. The introduction of mechanized farming methods led to an increase in productivity, while the Great Depression brought hardships to the region. However, the county rebounded during World War II when the construction of Camp Joseph T. Robinson, a military training facility, brought employment opportunities to the area.

Today, Lonoke County continues to be influenced by its agricultural heritage while embracing modern developments. The county is home to a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and services. It also boasts a number of historic sites, including the Lonoke County Courthouse and the Lonoke County Museum, which provide a glimpse into the area's past.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Lonoke County, Arkansas.

  • 1873 - Lonoke County was established on April 16.
  • 1874 - Brownsville became the first county seat.
  • 1876 - The county seat was moved to Lonoke.
  • 1884 - England was incorporated as a town.
  • 1889 - The town of Carlisle was incorporated.
  • 1927 - A fire destroyed much of downtown Lonoke.
  • 1942 - The construction of the Jacksonville Ordnance Plant began.
  • 1950 - Cabot was incorporated as a town.
  • 1964 - The Jacksonville Ordnance Plant was renamed Little Rock Air Force Base.
  • 1972 - The city of Ward was incorporated.
  • 2005 - Lonoke County celebrated its 132nd anniversary.