Forrest City Travel Guide

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Forrest City Overview

Forrest City is a city in and the county seat of St. Francis County, Arkansas. It is located on Crowley's Ridge, which rises above the Mississippi Delta. This is a north-south running highland is some three miles wide and 300 feet above sea level. Forrest City was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

One of the historic signs says:

"Forrest's Camp
Birth of a City

In 1866 General Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with about 1,000 workmen pitched camp in the vicinity of what is now Front Street on land belonging to the Izard and Jewett families. By 1868 they had succeeded in making a cut through Crowley's Ridge and laying track for the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. The county surveyor, John C. Hill, drew the plat for a town on March 1, 1869, and on May 11, 1870, the community was officially incorporated as Forrest City. Within a year trains were running regularly and Front Street was a thriving business district. By 1892 most of the buildings were brick, and many of those early brick structures are still a part of this historic site

Another historic sign says:

St. Francis County
Troops in War Between the States
St. Francis County was predominately sympathetic to the southern cause. Raised five companies. The first company known as the "Linden Dead Shots" was raised by Poindexter Dunn who also served as Captain. This company marched away from here in 1861 and later participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickauga, Rincoold Cap. Golgotha Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesboro and Franklin. Their gallantry was attested by the fact that of the one hundred who went away only twenty-one returned and many of these had lost an arm or leg or bore wounds.