Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Arkansas
Maps of Arkansas
Our collection of old historical Arkansas maps span over 190 years of growth. Most historical maps of Arkansas were published in atlases. Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical maps show physical features, such as creeks and hills, and man-made features, such as roads, cemeteries, and churches. Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in United States Maps.
Within the atlases are historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research. Others are rare antique maps dating back as early as the 1800,s.
The Arkansas Territory was organized on March 2, 1819. The State of Arkansas was created as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Arkansas borders Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Copies of this softbound compilation are no longer available for purchase, but they are available for research at the Arkansas History Commission. This also houses a fine collection of maps pertaining to Arkansas. Copies of a few of these are included in Norris’ Arkansas Links.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has old Arkansas map reproductions, as well as, copies of county maps available. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also maintains a large collection of maps and atlases.
Map of Arkansas County Formations 1813-1925
This Interactive Map of Arkansas Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Arkansas in 1813.
Arkansas contains 75 counties. Arkansas Counties were first formed while part of the Missouri Territory, and after that the Arkansas Territory.
Arkansas Map Abbreviations
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Arkansas
This Historical Arkansas Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Alabama as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Arkansas was at one time part of the Missouri Territory before becoming a state.
Some Arkansas map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Arkansas researcher.
External Arkansas Map Links
Arkansas County Map of Road and Highway’s
The Arkansas Highway Department has prepared a series of county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download.