The Ozark National Forest covers more than 1 million acres in northern Arkansas and is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. The forest contains numerous hiking trails, camping areas, and scenic drives.
Saline County, Arkansas has a rich and diverse history that stretches back thousands of years. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Quapaw and Caddo, who settled along the banks of the Saline River. European settlers began to arrive in the 18th century, primarily from France and Spain, establishing trading posts and interacting with the native tribes.

In the early 19th century, Saline County saw significant development and growth with the establishment of towns like Benton, the county seat, and the construction of the Saline Courthouse. The county played a prominent role in the cotton industry, with large plantations producing the cash crop. Slavery was prevalent in the area during this time, and the Civil War brought about significant changes to the county's landscape and society.

During the Civil War, Saline County was a center of conflict due to its strategic location between Little Rock and Hot Springs. The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, fought in 1864, was a significant engagement in the county that resulted in a Union victory. The post-war years were marked by the challenges of Reconstruction and efforts to rebuild the county's economy.

In the 20th century, Saline County experienced growth and modernization. The construction of major highways, such as Interstate 30, brought increased connectivity and opportunities for commerce. Today, Saline County is a thriving community with a diverse economy, including industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and education. The county also offers a range of recreational opportunities, including fishing and boating on the Saline River, exploring historic sites, and enjoying its natural beauty.

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

  • 1835 - Saline County is established on November 2nd, named after the salt springs found in the area.
  • 1836 - The county seat is established in Benton, originally named Mount Prospect.
  • 1861-1865 - Saline County and the state of Arkansas are part of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • 1876 - The first railroad, Cairo & Fulton Railroad, is completed in Saline County.
  • 1890 - The Benton Courier, the county's first newspaper, is established.
  • 1906 - The "Booze Fighter War" occurs in Saline County, where local factions fight over the issue of alcohol prohibition.
  • 1924 - Tornadoes hit Saline County, causing significant damage and loss of life.
  • 1943-1945 - Bauxite, a mineral used in aluminum production, is mined in Saline County to support World War II efforts.
  • 1969 - The first public library, the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, is opened in Benton.
  • 1997 - The Saline County Library System is established, expanding library services in the county.
  • 2009 - The Saline County Courthouse, originally built in 1906, undergoes major renovations.