About WashingtonFounded in 1825, Washington was a crossroads for travelers in every direction during the 1800s. The Southwest Trail, the earliest road across Arkansas, ran from Missouri through Little Rock and Washington to Fulton, near the Texas border. From 1831 to 1833 more than 3,000 Choctaw Indians, forcibly evicted from Mississippi, passed through Washington on their way to Oklahoma.
Texas frontiersman Sam Houston planned the Texas Revolution of 1835-36 in a Washington tavern in 1834. During the Civil War the town became the Confederate state capital after Little Rock fell to Union forces. In 1875 and again in 1883 fires destroyed much of the business district, and Washington's glory began to fade. In 1938 Hope replaced Washington as Hempstead county seat.
Things to Do Historic Washington State Park
1836 Hempstead County Courthouse
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