Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Center Point


City: Center Point

County: Howard

Location: Junction of U.S. 278 and Arkansas 26

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 412510
UTM-Y: 3765522
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.02670604
Longitude: -93.94767675

Marker Text

Center Point
Near this spot in 1837 Robert Messer built the first house in Center Point. A few years later John Russey opened the first store. Center Point acquired its name and post office in 1848, and became an incorporated town in 1859. Held by the Confederates throughout the Civil War, Center Point was raided by Carpetbagger State Militia in 1868 because of its southern sympathies. It was the first county seat of Howard County from 1873 to 1905. On February 12, 1900 Jeff Davis opened his first campaign for Governor of Arkansas with an address here.
Erected by the Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission � 1964

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