St. Francis River Day set for Saturday, April 27

Friday, April 12, 2013

The St. Francis River has been an important part of the history at Parkin Archeological State Park and eastern Arkansas. The public is invited to the first St. Francis River Day event at Parkin Archeological State Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The event is going to be held in the playground area near the boat dock and pavilion.

From small canoes to large steamboats the river has long been used as a means of transportation.

A replica 40 foot keelboat will be on hand to show how many of the early settlers first came to the region. Visitors will get the chance to see how American Indians used clay and mussels from the river to make pottery and techniques they used to catch fish. Demonstrations of a restored mussel button cutting machine will be on going throughout the event.

There is no charge for this event and preregistration is not required. For more information on any of these events, contact Ryan M. Smith or Mel Harvey at the park office at 870-755-2500 during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Sunday 1-5:00 p.m. The park can be emailed at,, or

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