State & County Maps of Arkansas

Maps of Arkansas are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Arkansas maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

Our collection of Arkansas maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 19th century to the present and include:

State Map of Arkansas with the counties and the county seats
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State Map of Arkansas with the counties and the county seats
  • Arkansas Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • Arkansas Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • Arkansas Maps showing the state’s geological features
  • Arkansas timeline of county boundaries changes
  • Arkansas Military maps
  • Arkansas Maps of specific towns, counties and bodies of water
  • Territorial era maps of Arkansas
  • Bird’s eye views of Arkansas cities and towns

Historical Maps of Arkansas are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Arkansas Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.

Arkansas Map Collections

The Arkansas State Highway Commission, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, prepared a complete set of Arkansas county maps entitled General Highway and Transportation Maps of Counties of Arkansas (n.p., n.d.).

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.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, prepared a complete set of Arkansas county maps entitled General Highway and Transportation Maps of Counties of Arkansas. These detailed maps of Arkansas show such landmarks as roads, cemeteries, towns, railroads, watercourses, dwellings, farms, churches, schools, businesses, factory or industrial plants, and sawmills for each county in the state.

Copies of this map compilation are available for research at the Arkansas History Commission. The Arkansas History Commission also houses a fine collection of maps pertaining to Arkansas.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Arkansas

This Historical Arkansas Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Arkansas were published in atlases and spans over 190 years of growth for the state.

Some Arkansas maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Arkansas researcher.

1776 Map of the Course of the Mississipi River from the Balise to Fort Chartres
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Jeffery’s 1776 Map of the Course of the Mississippi River from the Balise to Fort Chartres

Carey’s 1814 Map of Missouri Territory formally Louisiana  

  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: Arkansas and Missouri
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea

Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Statistical and Historical State Map of Arkansas

  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations: Arkansas
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea

Finley’s 1827 State Map of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma

  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations: Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)
1836 State Map of Arkansas
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Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Arkansas

  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations: Arkansas
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)
1845 State Map of Arkansas
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Morse’s 1845 State Map of Arkansas

  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations: Arkansas
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)
1856 State Map of Arkansas
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Colton’s 1856 State Map of Arkansas

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: Arkansas
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)
1866 State Map of Arkansas Public Survey Sketches by the Department of Interior Land Office
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1866 State Map of Arkansas Public Survey Sketches by the Department of Interior Land Office

  • Map Date: October 2nd 1866
  • Map Locations: Arkansas
  • Map Publication: Maps accompanying Report of the commissioner of the General Land Office.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: United States. General Land Office.
1880 State and County Map of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana
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Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana

  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

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 the Arkansas territory in 1813 to 1925.

Arkansas County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has prepared a series of county road maps free online. These Arkansas road 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 Arkansas maps are Free to downloade are in PDF format.

Arkansas City Road Maps

External Arkansas Map Resources

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