Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Memphis and Little Rock Railroad


City: DeValls Bluff

County: Prairie

Location: Highway 70 at Break Time Gas Station

Sponsor: ACWSC, Arnold Family Foundation, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 641094
UTM-Y: 3850451
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.78650354
Longitude: -91.45785294

Marker Text

Memphis and Little Rock Railroad

The Memphis and Little Rock Railroad was the first railroad to run in Arkansas. It was chartered in 1853, but when the Civil War began, only two sections were complete. One, running from DeValls Bluff to north ofLittle Rock, was finished in January 1862. Confederates used the M&LR to ship troops to Memphis, and it became a major asset to Union forces after DeValls Bluff was taken in 1863, carrying men and supplies from the White River to Little Rock. The M&LR proved a tempting target for Confederates, who attacked it frequently during 1864.

No. 41

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Arnold Family Foundation
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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