FIRST Anthracite Coal - Clarksville, AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 35° 28.260 W 093° 27.901
15S E 457810 N 3925376
Quick Description: A historical marker at the Johnson County Courthouse describes the discovery of anthracite coal here; in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2020 12:34:44 PM
Waymark Code: WM13FFF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:
This historical marker is just to the left of the sidewalk leading up to the entrance to the Johnson County Courthouse. Set by the Arkansas Historical Commission, the marker describes the discovery of anthracite coal in the county. The full text of the marker is

JOHNSON COUNTY
FIRST ANTHRACITE COAL

The first anthracite coal was mined near here on the land of E. B. Alston by a Mr. Walker in 1840. Samples of coal were taken to Little Rock and examined by William E. Woodruff, who pronounced it superior to that found in Pennsylvania. Mr. Walker went east to get men who were skilled in mining. In 1841, $150,000 worth of coal was ready for shipment by boat.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Item or Event

Date of FIRST: 1/1/1840

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