Old Historical City, County and State Maps of Arkansas

Our collection of old historical maps of Arkansas span over 200 years of growth. View Arkansas Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 72 counties in 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.

Map of Arkansas state with the counties and the county seats

Map of Arkansas state with the counties and the county seats

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.

Solving Research Problems with a Arkansas Maps

If you have started your family tree research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Arkansas city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept. Because historic maps of Arkansas were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Arkansas.

How to Choose the Best Arkansas Map

If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail. You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city.  This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city?  A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.

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 County was the first county created on December 13,1813. The last county to be formed was Cleburne County on February 20, 1883.


Arkansas County Formation Years

Arkansas Map Abbreviations

  1. unorg. = unorganized
  2. g. = gained
  3. w. = with
  4. fr. = from
  5. atmt. = attachment
  6. exch = exchanged
  7. nca.= non county area
  8. ch. = changed
  9. Ar – Arkansas
  10. As – Ashley
  11. Ba – Baxter
  12. Be – Benton
  13. Bo – Boone
  14. Br – Bradley
  15. Cal – Calhoun
  16. Car – Carroll
  17. Cbn – Cleburne
  18. Cfd – Crawford
  19. Ch  – Chicot
  20. Chd – Craighead
  21. Clk – Clark
  1. Cly – Clay
  2. Cnd – Cleveland
  3. Col – Columbia
  4. Con – Conway
  5. Crs – Cross
  6. Ctn – Crittenden
  7. Da  – Dallas
  8. De  – Desha
  9. Dr  – Drew
  10. Fa  – Faulkner
  11. Fr  – Franklin
  12. Fu  – Fulton
  13. Ga  – Garland
  14. Gnt – Grant
  15. Grn – Greene
  16. He  – Hempstead
  17. HS  – Hot Spring
  18. Hwd – Howard
  19. In  – Independence
  20. Iz  – Izard
  1. Ja  – Jackson
  2. Je  – Jefferson
  3. Jo  – Johnson
  4. Laf – Lafayette
  5. Law – Lawrence
  6. Lee – Lee
  7. Lin – Lincoln
  8. Log – Logan
  9. Lon – Lonoke
  10. LR  – Little River
  11. Mad – Madison
  12. Mar – Marion
  13. Mil – Miller
  14. Mis – Mississippi
  15. Mro – Monroe
  16. Mty – Montgomery
  17. Nev – Nevada
  18. New – Newton
  19. Ou  – Ouachita
  20. Pe  – Perry
  21. Ph  – Phillips
  1. Pi  – Pike
  2. Poi – Poinsett
  3. Pol – Polk
  4. Pop – Pope
  5. Pr  – Prairie
  6. Pu  – Pulaski
  7. Ra  – Randolph
  8. Sal – Saline
  9. Sc  – Scott
  10. Sea – Searcy
  11. Seb – Sebastian
  12. Sev – Sevier
  13. SF  – St. Francis
  14. Sh  – Sharp
  15. St  – Stone
  16. Un  – Union
  17. VB  – Van Buren
  18. Wa  – Washington
  19. Wh  – White
  20. Wo  – Woodruff
  21. Ye  – Yell

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.

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.

Arkansas Atlas

External Arkansas Map Links

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