A long dry spell has been broken by rain and cooler temperatures. That’s given wildflowers a chance for long last comeback before the frosts begin in November.
In 1864, this quiet segment of the Saline River roiled in a battle that resulted with the deaths of hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers, now known as the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. The site is part of the Arkansas State Parks system, which also preserves the battle sites at Mark’s Mills and Poison Springs, which were part of the Union’s Camden Expedition. The Union, though in retreat, was considered the victor in this fight.